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Road and maintenance status

What is meant by the status of a road?

A road or way can have the following status:

  • Highway - A route over which the public have a right to pass and repass without hindrance and without charge. This status doesn't always mean that the road allows vehicles.
  • Non-highway - A route over which the public have no right of access.
  • Permissive - Permission has been granted by the land owner for the public to use the road or way. This permission can be withdrawn at any time and without notice.
  • Under Construction - The road or way has not been built or is in the process of being constructed.

What is meant by the maintenance status of a road?

The maintenance status refers to the person(s) or organisation(s) who have the responsibility for the upkeep, or maintenance, of that road or way.

A road or way can have the following maintenance status:

  • Highways maintainable at public expense (HMPE) - maintenance responsibility lies with ourselves as local highway authority
  • Prospectively HMPE - maintenance responsibility will fall to ourselves in the future, providing that specific conditions are met
  • HMPE (Highways England) - maintenance responsibility lies with Highways England. This is the case for motorways and trunk roads
  • Not Staffordshire County Council maintained - maintenance responsibility falls to another publicly funded body. We do not hold records relating to who this is
  • Private - these routes are not maintained at public expense and the responsibility will lie with a private body or individual. In most cases we do not hold records of this

How can I find out the status of a road?

You can use our online search which is free. If the road or way is private then the responsibility for this would usually fall to the land owner. You can find out these details using the land registry search on the .GOV website.

Sometimes, a road may still be being constructed (e.g. by a developer), which would usually take place under a New Roads Agreement (Section 38 Highways Act 1980). If you wish to check whether a road is covered by a Section 38 lease email us via road.adoptions@staffordshire.gov.uk

Please be aware that records are no longer kept on the premises, therefore please allow 5 working days for a response to your enquiry.

As local highway authority we hold a list of streets as directed under Section 36 (6) of the Highways Act 1980.

Search for a road status

The map below shows whether a road or way has Highway rights associated with it, or who is responsible for the maintenance of the road.

Map key


──  Trunk roads

──  A roads

──  B roads

──  C roads

──  Unclassified roads

┕┯  Green roads

──  Private

●─  On cycle

─┼  On foot


┼─  Bridlepath


  Restricted byway or RUPP

Please note: Enter your street name or postcode in the search below to zoom to your location. You may then need to zoom out to see the details you need.

In order to display all Public Rights of Way routes on the map, continue to zoom out and these will also be displayed. 

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