Roads we maintain

Public roads

The Statutory List of Public Roads is a list of all public roads within Aberdeenshire that we maintain. Members of the public can visit their local roads office during normal working hours to view the list and associated plans.

If information regarding the status of a road is required in writing (eg for a BT wayleave), then a standard charge will be applied. For current charge refer to section 6.1 in the standard charges table. A letter detailing the required information should be sent to the relevant local roads office accompanied with a cheque made payable to Aberdeenshire council.

If the status of a road requires to be clarified with regard to the purchase/sale of a property then it is recommended that a Property Clearance Certificate is sought.

The lists of public roads below reproduce those held at the local roads offices. They are provided for public information but the copyright remains with us and no commercial use is to be made of the information without the our consent.

The lists are updated on a quarterly basis. They were last updated on 29th January 2021 and will not take account of any additions or deletions since that date.

View statutory list of public roads.

Private roads

Private (Unadopted) Roads in Aberdeenshire total approximately 190 miles or 300 km, many of which are used by the public.

It is our duty to maintain roads on the Statutory List of Public Roads, however we have no legal obligation to maintain private roads.

Aberdeenshire council will formally adopt and take over the responsibility for the upkeep of a private road if it is made up to the published standard. Once the road is made up to the required standard it will be added to the Statutory List of Public Roads.

To assist residents and road users, a reduced specification has been agreed for bringing the roads up to adoptable standard. Further details are available in section 24 of the Standards for Roads Construction Consent and Adoption document (PDF 1.5MB).

No financial assistance is available from Aberdeenshire Council to assist in the making up of these roads, but staff are happy to provide technical advice to residents and road users who wish to pursue this option. Please contact your local roads office for further information.