Road Adoption (Section 38)

A common way of creating new highways is by an agreement between developers and the local highway authority, Salford City Council, under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

These agreements are most often made with housing developers, who agree to build the roads to standards laid down by the highway authority. In return, Salford City Council, agree to adopt the roads and to maintain them thereafter as public highways. However, until a road has been adopted it remains private and the responsibility of the developer/house owners.

It is Salford City Council's policy that a road will not be adopted until the proposed adoptable sewer underneath has been adopted by United Utilities. See sewer adoptions below.

General enquiries

If you want to find out if a road on a particular development is adopted or unadopted, please call 0161 779 6100 or email

If you want to establish why a particular development has not been adopted, please call 0161 779 4894 or email

Street lighting enquiries

Please refer to our street lighting page.

Information for prospective developers

An information for developers and associated application form are available to download from the bottom of this page. They highlight the requirements for entering into a section 38 agreement with Salford City Council. For further information, please call 0161 779 4894 or email

Copies of section 38 agreements

If you would like to purchase a copy of a section 38 agreement, please ring 0161 793 3124 or email There is no charge for a copy.

Sewer adoptions (section 104 agreements)

Salford City Council is not responsible for managing the public sewerage network in Salford. This is now undertaken by United Utilities. Enquiries regarding sewerage on developments should be directed to United Utilities on 0845 602 0406.

Any problems on or caused by the public sewerage network should be reported to United Utilities using the same number.

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