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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Adoption of highways


The Council can take ownership of a private street to be maintained at public expense.

The developer/land owner or any street being adopted must enter into an agreement with the Council, with a deposit and inspection fees also payable.

Sewers on new development sites must be adopted by Northumbrian Water Limited prior to the road being adopted.

We only consider adopting existing private roads if they satisfy our current standards and owners of private streets can be expected to contribute towards costs.

The Council will only consider adoption provided any highways are designed and constructed in accordance with Tees Valley's Design Guide Specification. Full details of the adoption procedure and policy can be found in this guide.