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Obstructions to roads and highways

Obstructions to roads and highways

It is an offence to obstruct free passage of the highway.

Obstructions are objects which have been put on or overhang the highway (this includes footpaths/pavements as well as the road itself). Obstructions can include:

  • builders skips;
  • scaffolding/hoardings;
  • builders materials;
  • temporary works including traffic lights;
  • overhanging tree branches, hedges;
  • mud and debris on the road;
  • mixing concrete/mortar on the highway;
  • unauthorised vendors/traders;
  • encroachment of highway boundaries;
  • discharge of water onto the highway;
  • blocking public rights of way;
  • plants and bushes;
  • illegal signs.

Encroachments are where someone has unlawfully assumed ownership of areas of the highway.

If a person deliberately obstructs the highway without lawful authority or excuse they are guilty of an offence. The council has legal powers to move the obstruction.

To report an obstruction to the highway please use our online form

Report a highway problem

or alternatively contact the Highways team directly.

Parking on the highway

The police are the only people who can move vehicles on if they are causing an obstruction on the highway or are parked across an entrance to a property.

Contact details


Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

North Lincolnshire Council
8-9 Billet Lane
Normanby Enterprise Park
DN15 9YH

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4pm

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Last updated: 05/06/2018