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Road adoption

Road adoption is a term used to describe the council taking ownership of a private street.

A private street is a road, which is not maintained at public expense. This means that the council, as a highway authority, is under no obligation to carry out repairs or cleansing to the street, even though it could be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied.

New roads that have been designed and constructed in accordance with the Council's guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement between the developer and the Council in accordance with the Highways Act 1980. Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to an adoptable standard by the owners of the road or the frontagers.

Private streets for example could be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, gullies and lighting or any of these features, and its surface is probably in a bad condition.

Under the provisions of Sections 205 to 218 of the Highways Act 1980, the Council may resolve to raise the standard of a private street to an adoptable standard. This procedure enables the Council, on completion of the necessary remedial works, to adopt the street as a highway maintainable at public expense and apportion the costs of the works incurred to the frontagers accordingly.

Search for Adopted Roads

Use the map to find an adopted road.
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Please note: Adopted roads are shown on the map red.Key - Roads


Please be aware that whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, such information is given in good faith and will be updated continuously. Therefore it must not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal Local Land Charges search.


No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the adoption history information obtained from our online register. The question of whether or not a highway has been created at common law is one of fact and law and ultimately a matter for the courts in the event of any dispute. Therefore any action taken as a result of information displayed on the site is undertaken entirely at the viewer's own risk.


Please be aware that plans, drawings and material contained on the site are protected by copyright (Section 47 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) and therefore can not be printed without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

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Highways and Streetcare
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council,
Sardis House,
Sardis Road,
Pontypridd CF37 1DU

Tel: 01443 425001