The county council undertakes the management of design approval, construction planning, site inspection, enforcement and adoption of new streets built by developers across the rural county area.
New streets are created on residential, commercial and industrial developments with over two hundred sites across rural Dorset currently at varying stages of completion.
Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 gives local authorities the power to enter into agreements with developers to adopt highways for future maintenance, provided they are laid out and constructed to the council's specification.
The council recovers the cost of inspecting the work and preparing the agreements. The extra over cost of maintaining aesthetic features, not essential for highway purposes, will be recovered from the developer in the form of a commuted sum.
The county council is responsible for keeping an accurate record of adopted roads, issuing formal adoption notices and also maintaining a digital record of Section 38 and 278 Agreements.
Who to contact
To find out if a road is adopted, or to establish whether or not a Section 38 Agreement exists, please contact Dorset Direct.
- Industrial Design Guide January 1997 [1Mb]
- Parking Design Guide January 1997 [621kb]
- Residential Design Guide - Winter 2002 [546kb]
- Specification for the construction and drainage of New Streets September 2011 [10Mb]
- Adopted Highway policy [215kb]
- Guidance Note for the Adoption of New Streets - July 2012 [1Mb]
- Works on the Public Highway Instigated by Developers [135kb]
- Commuted Sums payable for Section 38 Agreement, Section 278 Agreement and Highway Agreement Works - April 2012 [52kb]
- Section 278 Highway Agreement Application Form [79kb]
- Section 38 Agreement Application Form [81kb]