Obstructions to the road or pavement

How to report an obstruction to the road or pavement.

If a person without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs free passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence and we - as the Highway Authority - have legal powers to enforce the removal of the obstruction.

Report an obstruction online

Enter a postcode, or street name/area:


Examples of types of obstruction include:

  • builders' skips or materials
  • scaffolding/hoardings
  • temporary works including traffic lights
  • overhanging tree branches or hedges
  • overgrown plants and bushes
  • mud/debris on the road
  • rocks/boulders
  • mixing concrete/mortar on the highway
  • unauthorised vendors/traders
  • encroachment of highway boundaries (where ownership of areas of the highway has been unlawfully assumed)
  • discharge of water onto the highway blocking of rights of way
  • illegal signs
  • advertising boards
  • dangerously hung banners or bunting
  • barriers around roadworks that affect public safety.