Public and private roads

The following types of road are recorded:

  • publicly maintainable highway
  • private street
  • part private, part publicly maintainable.

Publicly maintainable highway

A publicly maintainable highway is land maintained at public expense by your district council or Kent County Council.

Private street

A private street is land not maintained by the highway authority irrespective of any access rights to the public.

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.

Part private, part publicly maintainable

A part private, part publicly maintainable street has both publicly maintainable land and privately maintainable land along its length.

How to find out the status of your road

To find out if your road is public or private you can search the Kent County Council Highways Gazetteer.

You can make a highway boundary enquiry (note charges will apply) to find out the extent of publicly maintainable highway and receive a plan.