Pavements - obstructions

Obstructions on the Highways.

It is an offence to obstruct the free passage of the highway. Obstructions are objects which have been unlawfully placed on or which overhang the highway.

Such obstructions are given by examples below:

  • unauthorised builders' skips
  • unauthorised scaffolding/hoardings
  • unlawful overhanging tree branches, hedges
  • unlawful mud/Debris on the road
  • unlawful mixing concrete/mortar on the highway
  • unauthorised vendors/traders (see also - Street traders licence)
  • unlawful encroachment of highway boundaries
  • unlawful discharge of water onto the highway
  • unlawful blocking 'Rights of Way'
  • unlawful plants and Bushes
  • unlawful illegal Signs
  • builders materials
  • unauthorised temporary works including traffic lights

Encroachments are where ownership of areas of the highway has been unlawfully assumed.

If a person without lawful authority or excuse in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence. In such cases the Highway Authority has legal powers to enforce their removal.

Reporting A Pavement Obstruction

To report a pavement obstruction, please use our Online Report Form Or contact us directly.


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