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Private Development Section

We are the team within Birmingham City Council that act as the Highway Authority.
We can enter into legal agreements for a newly built road to be publicly maintained or licence highway improvement works.

Birmingham City Council is the Highway Authority for all the publicly maintained highways in the city other than Trunk Roads. There are many ways in which land can become public highway and one of these is for the land to be dedicated within a legal agreement.

The Council adopts roads and footways (in some cases emergency links, footpaths, verges, visibility splays) and infrastructure such as traffic signals, street lighting and highway drainage by different methods as stated in the Highways Act 1980 and thereby takes on the maintenance responsibility.

The Private Development Section undertakes the management of design approval, construction planning, site inspection, enforcement and adoption of highway works built by developers. The following pages will give you a greater understanding of what is involved:

If you wish to contact us, we welcome enquiries either by post or by telephone:


You can report a highway defect online or telephone 0121 303 6644 (out of office hours emergencies telephone 0121 303 4149).

Advice is obtainable on highway status and proposed highway schemes from the Highway Information Team that updates and maintains the Highway Records.

Other useful telephone numbers are also listed here.

Private Development Section
PO Box 14439
4th Floor
Lancaster Circus
West Midlands
B2 2JE
Telephone Number: 0121 303 6644
Fax Number: 0121 303 6379
Area Served:Birmingham
Opening Hours:08:45 - 17:15
Facilities: Cafeteria, Computer Room