View a list of Merton's adopted and unadopted roads

Road adoption is when we, Merton Council, take ownership of a private street.

A private street is a road which is not maintained at public expense. We are under no obligation to clean or carry out repairs to a private street, even if it is a public right of way.

New roads constructed in accordance with our guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement between us and the developer.

Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to current standards by the owners of the road. It may for example be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, drains and lighting. We may resolve to raising the standard of a private street by providing any or all of the missing features or by improving the standard of any existing features.