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 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  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.

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