Highway Status Enquiries

What information is available?

Confirmation of highway adoption and highway boundary plans and nearby road scheme proposals. Please note that we cannot provide information for sites located in Southend, Thurrock or the London Boroughs, If you are not sure which Local Authority you should contact, enter the postcode into find your local council.

Information relating to land ownership is held by the Land Registry https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry

For copies of legal agreements only please contact the Land Charges and Searches Team  - Highway.Status@essexhighways.org

Who can request information?

Anyone can request information, for example members of the public interested in the status of the road where they live or solicitors/personal search companies who require information on the highway (over and above their land charge search carried out by the District/Borough Council).

How much does it cost?

You can review Public Right of Way information, highway boundary, lighting and a list of roads maintained at public expense (adopted roads) for free online.  Click on the following links for more information:

Adopted roads 

Public rights of way - Register of PRoW schemes and Interactive Map 

Land owner declarations

For highway boundary, bus stops and more (use tool bar to the side to select the required option)

If you require a written response, the cost depends on the size of the individual area in question:

  • up to 200m £39.33 + VAT at 20%: £47.20
  • 201m to 500m £69.35 + VAT at 20%: £83.22
  • 501m to 1000m £128.34 + VAT at 20%: £154.01

Areas 1001m and over are charged at £43.47 per hour + VAT at 20%: £52.16 and will be looked at on a case by case basis to assess how much time needs to be spent.

How do I request information?

Request a written response on an area up to 1000m 


Request for a written response on an area 1001m and over email us at  Highway.Status@essexhighways.org

Please note - we aim to respond to your request within 20 working days