Adoptions and land

The Development Management team deal with many aspects of highway adoptions and highway land. Follow the link to your query to find what you are looking for:

Before building work starts on a development a sum of money will be deposited with Essex County Council
Apply for a Development Management Road Opening Notice
Application to undertake trial holes within the public highway as part of a development management scheme
The portal contains all of the legal agreements that are completed for Section 278 and Section 38 of the Highways Act in relation to development works within Essex
Essex Highways Standard Design documents
Confirmation of highway adoption, highway boundary plans and nearby road scheme proposals.
A Land Charges search is usually performed when buying or leasing land or property. It is required to inform a purchase of the existence of any matters affecting the property or land.
Highway rights mean that the public has a right to ‘pass and repass’ over land. If you wish to close or divert a highway then these rights would need to be removed or stopped up.

Find out more and apply for temporary housing signs for new development sites

Developer Management Schemes

Are you a developer with planning approval looking to implement your works on the highway? Please refer to our guides below to help you submit drawings for our approval.

Development Management documents

Please see the latest Development Management documents in the Documents section below.


The Essex Design Guide is now an available online.

The Essex Folio Standard Designs are now available online.

Our offices

Please see below for the details of the relevant office and the specific districts they cover. Enquiries and applications can be sent directly to the appropriate office.

For Braintree, Colchester and Tendring:

Ardleigh Depot, Harwich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex CO7 7LT

For Chelmsford, Maldon, Rochford and Uttlesford:

Springfield Highways Depot, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 5PU

For Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Epping and Harlow:

Unit 36, Childerditch Industrial Park, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3HD

If you have any queries you can email the Development Management team.