Public roads are the responsibility of the local councils. They name and maintain all public roads, including:
- right of way thoroughfares.
Roads outside council districts are under the care of the Highways Commissioner.
Private roads are where some title other than the council still exists. This may be a legacy of the way the road was originally created. Under the Local Government Act 1999 these roads can be declared public.
You can find out if a road is public or private by:
- contacting your local council
- contacting the Land Services Group (LSG)
- searching the records at the Land Titles Office (LTO).
Contact your local council if you are:
- interested in changing the name of a public road
- interested in purchasing or accessing part of a public road
- trying to determine if a road is public or private
- enquiring about changing a private road to a public road.