What is a highway search?

Highway searches can show the approximate extent of the adopted highway. You may ask a series of questions in your request, for example, identifying any road proposals around the property.

Our search provides details around the property location that you are enquiring on. If you require a larger area or another address there will be additional charges. Our search can answer two common questions in relation to the property. The map provided will help indicate the answers to these types of questions:

1) To show the approximate extent of the highways and adopted roads in relation to the property

2) Which roads are maintained at public expense and which are not?

Request a highway search

In order to request a highway search on our roads please follow the steps below.

Request a highway search

It is recommended that you review the address details you have provided, as they cannot be amended once submitted. In the rare occasion, that the address you are looking for does not appear please send over a plan and details to esreplies@camden.gov.uk.

What we will provide

A 1:1,500 scale map of the area in question showing the public highway maintained by the London Borough of Camden under the provisions of the Highways Act 1980.
Please note that the extent of the public highways is not precisely indicated on our map.

Example of what will be provided.


The cost for this service is £40.80 inclusive of VAT and can be paid through our secure online card payment system; we will aim to respond within 5 working days after receiving payment. Once credit card payment has taken place our automated process does not allow for cancellation of this search.

Any further questions in addition to those mentioned are liable to a further charge of £40.80 per additional question. In response to COVID 19 it has been necessary to change the payment process for requests to responses for Highway Questions.

For these requests please email engineeringservicereplies@camden.gov.uk supplying the exact address together with a map/plan and a clear list of the questions that you want answered. Please also supply a contact name and phone number for us to call to process the payment. Please note that credit card will be the only acceptable form of payment for these type of requests.

Examples of additional questions that we will charge for:

  • Are there any road improvements or widening schemes in the area or any road closure orders affecting roads around the property.

  • Is there any information available regarding any future improvements or of developments (including bus stops) which may affect traffic flow around the land in question?

  • Is any part of the property subject to any actual or deemed dedication as highway land?

The London Borough of Camden is a central London Borough and as such has no requirement to hold a definitive plan. Although the borough provides plans showing the approximate extent of the public highway, this may include private forecourts particularly where there are public have rights of way over the land. Forecourts gain public rights where there is no physical separation from the highway allowing use by the public, particularly where the footpath is narrow for the numbers of people using it, in the vicinity of bus stops or other street furniture or at junctions. The extent of privately maintained  forecourt should be ascertained from building deeds.

It should be noted that just because land is privately maintained does not mean that there are no public rights over it.

If you want a site visit from an officer the cost is £140.20 inclusive of VAT.