Street Register

The street register is a list of streets maintained at public expense (often known as adoption). The search facility below gives direct access to the council’s register.

The register contains a full list of publicly maintained streets. It does not hold a comprehensive listing of all streets, though many private or closed streets are included for information purposes.


Public: Highway maintained at public expense.

Private: A private street is a road which is not maintained at the public expense. This means, that the council, as a Highway Authority, is under no obligation to carry out repairs or cleansing to the street, even though it could be a public right of way to which highway and traffic law can be applied. Records of land ownership are held by the national Land Registry service, not Leeds City Council.

Closed: Former highway which has been subject to a legal closure. Leeds City Council has no maintenance responsibility for these areas.

Section 38: The first stage in the adoption process. Streets which are subject to a Section 38 agreement are legally highway, but maintenance responsibility remains with the developer until formally handed over to Leeds City Council.

Provisional: The second stage in the adoption process. Has the same maintenance status as Section 38 but awaiting final inspection prior to adoption.

Split Status: Streets which have more than one status applicable. The details button will show information on the individual sections.

The data is updated on a weekly basis.

We also provide plans detailing extents of adoption. This is chargeable at our standard rate of £16.50 for an emailed plan. An online map is also available to view.

If you have any comments or queries on the data from the register please email us at

New roads that have been constructed in accordance with the council's guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement between the developer and the council under section 38 of the Act. Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to current standards by the owners of the road. It may for example be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, gullies and lighting or any of these features, and its surface is probably in a bad condition. Guidelines are available upon request.

Under the provisions of Sections 205 to 218 of the Highways Act 1980, the highway authority, that is the council, may resolve to raising the standard of a private street by providing any or all of the missing features or by improving the standard of any existing features. This procedure enables the council on completion of necessary remedial works to adopt the street as a highway maintainable at public expense.​​​​​​​

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