Highway boundaries

The public highway is an area that the public have a right to pass and repass. The highway includes the road-side verge and footways as well as the carriageway.

Image shows highway boundaries on cross-section diagram of street scene

The duty of Norfolk County Council, as the highway authority for Norfolk, is to maintain the roads and footways (subject to use) and to safeguard Highway Rights on these roads.

Land ownership enquiries should be directed to Land Registry.


If you have a query about

  • Positioning a new fence, hedge or wall at the front of your property
  • Ownership of a ditch, tree or hedge that is between your property and the road
  • Whether your property abuts the highway
  • The road-side verge in front of your property

Note - The trunk roads (A11, A47 and A12) that run through the county are the responsibility of Highways England, not Norfolk County Council.

Make a highways boundary enquiry

We charge for all new research and for clarification of the highway extent recorded on the mapping. Quotations will be supplied by the Highway Boundary Team for any research required, contact us for more details.

Highway boundaries map