We are responsible for highways which have been adopted as part of a legal agreement. If a road has not been constructed to the council's specified standards then the council will not adopt a road and this shall instead remain a private street.

Highway Register - Status of Streets

The online map shows the current legal status of all streets in Bolton.

Colour key Description Responsibility for maintenance
An adopted public highway, maintained at public expense.
The public has a right to pass and re-pass along adopted highways, either on foot or dependent on suitability, in a vehicle motorised or otherwise.
Bolton Council
An unadopted public highway which Bolton Council has no duty to maintain, but on which the public have a right to pass and re-pass, either on foot or dependent on suitability, in a vehicle motorised or otherwise. The landowner
(Usually the owners of properties fronting an unadopted street own the road up to the centre line)
(green or uncoloured)
These are streets that the public do not have the right to use.
Generally they can only be used by the owner of the road and anyone who has the permission of the owner to use them.
The landowner
(blue hatched)
These are streets which are still being built (for example, on new housing estates) and which the Council has not yet adopted. The landowner
ADOPTED TO ANCIENT HIGHWAY (cyan) These are public highways that have existed for a very long time but where there has been no pressing need for them to be brought up to a modern standard.
They are often unmade roads or tracks, but they are maintained at public expense.
Bolton Council

Any street or area of the map that is not coloured is not Public Highway and should be assumed to be private.

For further information about the adoption of a new or existing highway, or to order a copy of our Roads for Adoption guidelines, please contact us.


Contacting us

Our staff are often out of the office and unable to take calls.

The best way to contact us for all Highways enquiries, is to complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.