The List of Streets and the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way
Under the Highways Act 1980, the City Council has a duty to keep up to date a list of all the streets and other highways (including grass verges) that are adopted and maintained at the public expense. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the City Council has duty to keep up to date a definitive map and statement showing all known public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways and byways).
Highway Searches information
The City Council provides information on highways and public rights of way to solicitors, conveyance and search companies, amongst others. This information is then used by their clients when deciding whether to buy or lease a property. The information includes details on the extent of the adopted highways around the property, any nearby traffic management schemes, any land held for future road building and widening schemes, future highway adoptions and any public right of way affecting the property.
- Typical format of a plan supplied by the City Council showing the extent of the adopted highway and public rights of way network.
Charging for Highway Search information
Under the Local Land Charges Act and Rules of 1977 and the Charges for Property Searches Regulations 2008, a Council may charge a fee for this information. From 2017 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have imposed the standard rate of 20% VAT on fees for Local Search requests, including Highway Searches.
Under the Local Land Charges Act and Rules of 1977 and the Charges for Property Searches Regulations 2008, a Council may charge a fee for this information. From 2017 HM Revenue and Customs have imposed the standard rate of 20% VAT on fees for Local Search requests, including Highway Searches. Please see below fees from April 2023.
Standard search response by email and one A4 / A3 plan (the fee covers one property search only)
A standard response includes an emailed written statement for a maximum of 8 questions on one property, including
· Confirmation of whether the relevant highway(s) around the property is / are maintainable at the public expense and one A4 / A3 plan showing the same
· If relevant, the plan will also show any public rights of way (both publicly maintained and not publicly maintained) affecting the property
· Information on any proposed or current road improvements schemes, widening schemes, traffic regulation orders, or road closures affecting the property
£58.33 (excluding VAT) / £70.00 (including VAT)
If you request additional information on the same property which was not included in the original search enquiry an additional fee of £33.33 per hour (excluding VAT) shall be applied. We will advise you of the estimated charge before undertaking the additional work.
PDF copy of Highway Agreement, Deed of Dedication, or other related documents (e.g. Section 38, Section 278 Highways Act 1980). Please send your request to the email address below and we’ll check if we have a copy)
£33.33 per hour (excluding VAT) / £40 (including VAT)
£50 per copy (no VAT charged)
Payment by debit or credit card: please contact Clair Thurman on 0115 8764602 or email Clair Thurman
Payment by cheque: please make cheques payable to “Nottingham City Council” and forward to the address
The information provided at the time of the Search Request is to the best of our knowledge correct. Changes are made to the adopted highway network and to the public rights of way network on a regular basis. To ensure that no changes are made to the adopted highway network and/or public rights of way network between the date of your Highway Search enquiry and the date of sale / lease of the property, you are advised to carry out your Highway Search as near as possible to the date of sale / lease of the property.
All electronic plans are supplied in a Portable Document Format (PDF) as shown by the example above and are therefore subject to distortion when enlarged. Plans should be viewed at their original scale only.
Please report anomalies or other queries on the extent of the adopted highway and/or alignment of public rights of way to John Lee
Please forward postal Highway Search requests to:
Nottingham City Council
Traffic and Safety
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