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Road Construction Consent

West Lothian Council requires that anyone wishing to construct a new road or extend an existing road must obtain Road Construction Consent in accordance with Section 21 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

Road Construction Consent Process

The Development Planning team are responsible for dealing with all aspects of the Road Construction Consent process from the application stage right through to the adoption stage. The team can offer advice on specification and design standards. The team will also carry out inspections of the new roads during the construction process and prior to adding the new roads onto the List of Public Roads.


Adopted Roads or Footpaths

  • If you have an enquiry about who maintains a road or footpath, please e-mail adoptionenquiry@westlothian.gov.uk. Please provide a property address and if possible a plan showing the area of road or footpath relating to your enquiry.

Road Construction Consent Notes/Guidance/Application Forms

Copies of the Road Construction Consent Notes for Guidance and Application Forms can be either downloaded below or printed copies of these documents can be obtained by contacting 01506 280000.


Private Housing Development

If the Road Construction Consent is associated with a private housing development then the developer must provide security in accordance with Section 17 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and the Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Regulations 1985 (as amended 1998). Normally the security will be lodged in the form of a Road Bond and a copy of the Council's preferred style of bond can be downloaded below.

The team are currently reviewing their policy and design guidance documentation and it is expected that this will be available in a downloadable format later in the year.