Estate roads and road adoptions

If you are unsure of the status of any road in Warwickshire please contact our Highway Searches Team. If the result of your query is that the road is the subject of an Adoption Agreement you can get more information by contacting the Principal Development Management Engineer on 01926 412362:

The majority of housing developers prefer to have the roads and footpaths serving their new housing developments adopted by the highways authority. The council is then responsible for maintaining the infrastructure in a clean and safe condition.

The process of adoption is usually covered by a legal agreement between the developer and the council, commonly known as a section 38 agreement. This agreement binds the developer to construct the roads and footways to proper standards.

Requests for Section 38 copies

If you are selling your house and live on an unadopted road, the buyers solicitor will request a copy of the Section 38 agreement (if applicable). If you need a copy of this please contact

Requests will be processed in 5 working days. There is a charge of £50 + VAT for this service. Payment options will be given upon request.

Highway work agreements

Developers / applicants are required to submit with the highway works application form, technical approval and admin fees. The fees are:

  • S278 Minor Works – £1,500 (where the works will not have a significant impact on the highway)
  • S38 – £1,500
  • S184 – £1,500
  • Standard S278 – These are dealt with by Design Services. Please see the S278 Developer Guidance (PDF, 328.05 KB) document for more information

Cheques should be made payable to “Warwickshire County Council”.

For more information see Highway Construction Details

Please contact for Highways Works Agreements Form, S184 Developer Guidance, S38 Developer Guidance and Minor Works Developer Guidance.

Estate roads and road adoptions was last updated on May 31, 2018.