Council maintainable routes, public highways and private roads

Information on maintainable highways (List of Streets), road adoption, highway boundaries and "stopping up".

A public highway includes any route over which the public has the right of way, including:

  • roads
  • pavements
  • verges
  • public footpaths
  • bridleways
  • byways
  • cycleways

Not all public highways are maintainable by Suffolk County Council. An unadopted and/or private road is not maintainable by us (see more information in the "Private and unadopted roads" section on this page. 

You can find out if a road or path is maintainable by us by visiting findmystreet.co.uk. This is an external website using information derived from Suffolk County Council's digital Local Street Gazetteer.

You can search by using a map, or you can search for a road using the National Gazetteer List of Street. Whichever search you use, you will be asked to provide the name of the Local Highway Authority Area (for example, Suffolk) before entering the name of the road.

While considerable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the Street Gazetteer, Suffolk County Council cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omissions, or positional accuracy. There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, accompanying this product.

However, if you have any questions, please email highwayrecords@suffolkhighways.org.  Please note this address is not correct for reporting of highway defects - use should be made of the Highways Reporting Tool on the Suffolk County Council website

If you need help to find out the extent of highway maintainable at public expense by Suffolk County Council, please read the section "Highway boundary information" below.

We may be able to provide more information in relation to the extent of the highway boundary. You can request this by emailing a location plan and details of your request to highwayrecords@suffolkhighways.org.  Please note this address is not correct for reporting of highway defects - use should be made of the Highways Reporting Tool on the Suffolk County Council website.

There is usually a charge for this information based on whether we already hold the information you are requesting or whether we have to carry out research. Charges start at £50 plus VAT (20%). 

We will send you a quote, and if you decide to go ahead with your request, we will send you details on how to pay.

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing a high number of enquiries.  We will endeavour to provide a first response within 20 working days.  Subsequent provision of plans of highway boundaries will take 2-3 weeks for simple sites and 6-8 weeks for sites involving additional research after receipt of payment.

The List of Streets is a directory of all highways maintainable at public expense by Suffolk County Council.

Find the List of Streets for each district council below:

View the full list of streets (XLS, 1.47MB), which is updated on the first working day of the month. To search in the document, press Ctrl + F and then type in the box.

Our list of streets guidance (PDF, 43KB) has explanations of the terms used in the lists.

The following legal events can cause the List of Streets to be amended:

  • Renaming of an existing street
  • Adoption of an unadopted street
  • Stopping up of a street - Please read the information in the "Changes to the extent of the highway" section on this page.
  • Classification or declassification of a street
  • Amendment of the definitive map of public rights of way

For more information regarding particular records, please email highwayrecords@suffolkhighways.org.  Please note this address is not correct for reporting of highway defects - use should be made of the Highways Reporting Tool on the Suffolk County Council website 

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing a high number of enquiries.  We will endeavour to provide a first response within 20 working days.  Subsequent provision of plans of highway boundaries will take 2-3 weeks for simple sites and 6-8 weeks for sites involving additional research after receipt of payment.

We cannot guarantee that an exhaustive search has been made with regard to archived documents.

An unadopted and/or private road is any route that is not maintainable by the council. 

It can be a track leading to a farm, a residential road or a route built by a third party (usually a developer).   

Maintenance of private roads is usually the responsibility of the owner(s).  This may be the residents of a road who each own the part in front of their house or a third party.

This means that we are under no obligation to carry out repairs or cleaning to the road, even though it could be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied. 

It is possible for areas of the highway to be "stopped up", a process where the highway rights are removed and control over the land reverts to the freehold or leasehold owner of the subsoil. This can be done to allow for development (as long as appropriate planning permission has been obtained) or to remove sections of highway that are unnecessary for public use.

Stopping up highway to allow for development

When developing land, it is possible to apply for a stopping up order under Section 247 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

  • For the application to be successful, the applicant has to have applied for, and obtained, planning permission.
  • The National Transport Casework Team then reviews the application to decide whether to grant a stopping up order for the section of highway.
  • If the application is successful, then the works, for which planning permission has been granted, can be undertaken.  

For the application form and further guidance please visit the GOV.UK website.

Stopping up highway that is unnecessary for public use

Areas of public highway sometimes become unnecessary for public use and the highway rights can then be "stopped up" under Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980

Should you wish to enquire about permanently "stopping up" an area of highway that is unnecessary for public use, please contact us for advice: 

  • by email: highwayrecords@suffolkhighways.org.  Please note this address is not correct for reporting of highway defects - use should be made of the Highways Reporting Tool on the Suffolk County Council website.
  • or by post to:
            Highway Records,
            Suffolk Highways
            3 Goddard Road
            Ipswich
            IP1 5NP

For more information about this process, please read the stopping up application guidance (Word, 42KB)

However, please note that Highway Records is currently experiencing a high demand for our service.  The team is working from home due to Covid19 and this is delaying our ability to carry out research and respond to enquiries. Therefore, at this time, we do not have the capacity to take forward any new stopping up applications.  The situation is reviewed on a regular basis and if it changes the website will be updated accordingly.

How can I get a street renamed? 

Please contact the borough or district council for the location.

How can I get a house renumbered?

Please contact the borough or district council for the location.

How can I report a problem with a street name sign? 

Please contact the borough or district council for the location.

Is my street adopted?

Please visit findmystreet.co.uk.

How can I get a street adopted? 

Please read the information on the Estate Road Specification page on this website.

How can I get a street stopped up? 

Please read the information in the "Changes to the extent of the highway" section on this page.

How can I get a copy of a Section 38 Agreement

Visit the Suffolk Legal website and look under the section headed other information.