Public and private roads

There are two types of roads in Kent:      

  • a public road is adopted and maintained by us
  • a private road is not adopted and not maintained by us. The public might have access to the road.

To find out if your road is public or private you can search the Kent County Council Highways Gazetteer (PDF, 6.9 MB)

Private streets

You will not receive a reduction in council tax if you live in a property on a private street. Council tax is used to pay for all the services provided, not just for maintaining roads and footpaths.  

We do not carry out repairs in streets we do not maintain. If urgent repairs are needed to make the street safe, we may ask you and the other residents to carry them out.