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Our responsibility, as the Highway Authority, is to maintain roads and pavements to a condition fit for the traffic and pedestrians using them. This includes removing obstructions and encroachments which may affect the use and safety of roads and pavements.
Any land or activity which encroaches onto the public highway and prevents its use.
You can find information on roadworks in Derby, including work by utility companies (water, gas, electricity) Elgin Road Works Finder website.
Building materials blocking the pavement are an obstruction to pedestrians and we are responsible for removing them. Mixing concrete or mortar is also an obstruction on the highway.
Skip companies can apply for a licence for a domestic builders' skip to be placed on the road outside premises. It must not interfere with drainage, access to any manhole or apparatus of any kind. You can get more information on the builders' skips page.
Please tell us if you are planning any works in the highway.
You will need a licence if you wish to place scaffolding on the road, pavement or verge outside your house, or if the scaffolding is likely to overhang the highway. Check that your contractor has this licence before the scaffolding is in place. You can get more information on our Scaffolding/hoardings webpage.
We can serve a notice on the owners of trees and vegetation which overhang the highway requiring them to be cut back to provide the necessary clearance. Unless there is a traffic order in force limiting the size or height of vehicles that can use a particular road, there must be a vertical clearance of 17 feet (5.20m) for vehicles which use the highway to gain access. Pavements should have a vertical clearance of 2.1 metres. You can get more information on our Trees webpage.
It is an offence under the Highway Act to deposit mud/debris on the road. Where the offender can be identified they can be prosecuted by either the police or us as the Highway Authority.
Mud and other debris can be dragged onto the road as a result of construction sites, caravan rallies or shows, especially if it's been raining. If you are responsible for causing mud and debris to be spread on a road, you should provide warning signs and clean any debris up. Warning signs should be triangular 'Slippery Road' signs. Homemade, hand painted signs are not legal and could also constitute an unauthorised obstruction.
Under Highways Act 1980, we have a duty to clean the road and power to recover the costs from the persons responsible.
Signs are deemed to be illegal if they are "attached to any type of sign on the adopted highway erected without lawful authority or excuse".
Any interference with public passage is technically an illegal obstruction. We will take action to remove unauthorised signs, displayed goods and other items when a footway or pedestrian area is obstructed if:
Pavements are constructed and provided specifically for pedestrian use. Vehicles parked on pavements can create a hazard:
It is an offence against the Highways Act 1980 to issue or allow water to flow onto or over the highway.
Placing bunting over, along or in the highway is illegal without first obtaining our consent.
You must contact Streetpride for permission to place bunting six weeks before the date of the proposed installation. This gives us plenty of time to process the request and deal with any difficulties that may arise.
The following essential information is needed:
We, as the Highway Authority, keep an update a register of the roads that are maintained at public expense. We are currently working on the production of a map of Derby which shows all land owned by us. In the meantime, please contact us for further information.