Highway boundary enquiries

May 2024: due to high demand for highway boundary enquiries, we're behind our 20 working day timeline. We are responding to enquiries in order from when payment is received.

Highway land refers to an area of land, where the public have the right to use to ‘Pass and Repass without hindrance’.  With very few exceptions highway land that we maintain is not owned by the council. The law assumes, unless there is evidence to the contrary, that highway land is owned by the owners of the land or property each side up to the centre line of the highway.

A highway boundary enquiry defines the area that is maintainable at public expense by the highway authority.

For further information about recorded public rights of way, check our public rights of way map.

Make an enquiry

Please send your application details and payment to:

We aim to reply within 20 working days. This response will include a plan at a scale of 1:1250 showing the extent of the land maintained at public expense by the highway authority in the vicinity of your enquiry.

How we use your information

If you would like to know more about why and how we use your personal information read our privacy notice.


  • standard cost is £150 for up to 4 written questions
  • each additional question is £7
  • for larger site costs please email highwaydefinitionsearches@kent.gov.uk or write to Highway Definition Team, Ashford Depot, Javelin Way, Henwood Industrial Estate, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AD.

How to pay

We will send you a link to pay via GOV.UK Pay after we receive your request.

Details for payment by direct/credit card, Bacs or CHAPS can be provided on request.