Road adoptions, and representations on highway works
Road adoptions and highway improvements
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Section 38 - 278 application form [127.5 KB] [xls]
Section 38 - 278 guidance notes [164.5 KB] [pdf].
Section 171 application form (from 1st April 2022) [53.0 KB] [pdf]
for development related schemes.
For applications to work on private households (i.e. vehicle crossover). Please contact East Sussex Highways:
- Telephone: 0345 60 80 193
- Website: East Sussex Highways
Adoption of new roads
The Council may adopt new roads that are constructed to our design and construction standards. This is usually confirmed under a Section 38 agreement under the Highways Act 1980.
Adoption of existing roads
The Council will consider adoption of existing private roads and streets providing they are brought up to an adoptable standard by the owner(s).
Adoption is usually progressed under Section.228 of the Highways Act 1980. For further information please contact us through our page,
The Council may agree to authorise highway improvements carried out by third parties, usually via a Section 278 agreement under the Highways Act 1980.
Please find below our latest local design guidance and links to national design standards:
- Design standards for industrial roads [294.0 KB] [pdf]
- Traffic signal design and installation standards [868.1 KB] [pdf]
East Sussex Council Council construction specification for developers [529.4 KB] [pdf]
Acceptance form – highway construction specification for developers [100.7 KB] [docx]