Cork County Council’s Roads Directorate is responsible for the maintenance of the largest road network (12,200 km) of any local authority in the country. The Council is continuing to invest significant resources into improving and maintaining roads across the county.

Roads Contact Details

Report an Issue

Roads Enquiry

 

Report Public Lighting or Street Light Fault

Report It - Public Lighting issues and information on how to report them

Airtricity Utility Solutions (AUS) are contracted by Cork County Council to provide and maintain Public Lighting in Cork County.

You can report a fault directly to Airtricity by clicking on the following icon:

You can report a fault directly to Airtricity by clicking on the following icon:

or Call Airtricity at Freephone: 1800 372 772.

You may need to provide the following information:

The town or village and street name.
The location of the light (for example, outside house number 5).
The number on the pole.
Your name and contact number.

Each pole is numbered

If the light isn’t numbered it is unlikely to be maintained by Airtricity and hence unlikely to be in the charge of Cork County Council. In this case, the developer of the estate is still responsible for the lights. Please report any faults on such lights to the developer.


Emergency Situations

Should you witness a street lighting unit being knocked over, or indeed any other situation you feel requires immediate attention, do not hesitate to contact Airtricity at the above number and emphasise that the matter is urgent. If you fear that a pole may be live as a result of an accident or whatever and if you fail to get an immediate response from Airtricity due to out of hours etc. you should ring the ESB Emergency Lo-Call number 1850 372 999 and report the matter and the ESB will make the site safe.

Cork County Council, as a Roads Authority, has the power to abandon local roads. This function is reserved to the Elected Members and entails public consultation. The Minister, following consultation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) must however approve an Order to abandon a national or regional road. Once a road has been abandoned, the Road Authority is no longer responsible for its maintenance but the abandonment does not affect the public right of way over the road, which continues to exist.

Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Tel: 028 21299

Email: roads@corkcoco.ie

 

There is a permit system for the movement of abnormal loads. For further information and/or to apply, please click on the Guidance Notes and Application Form below:

Abnormal Loads - Guidance Notes

Abnormal Load Permit - Application Form

What is ‘Adopt a Road’ Scheme?

Cork County Council’s ‘Adopt a Road’ Scheme involves a participating Group from the Business or Voluntary / Community Sector adopting a designated stretch of road, for the purpose of removing litter from the roadside verges.
The Scheme benefits all parties involved by helping to reduce litter and its associated problems, while advertising and highlighting the efforts of the participating Business or Group.


What is ‘Adopt a Roundabout’ Scheme?

Cork County Council’s ‘Adopt a Roundabout’ Scheme involves a participating non-Voluntary Company / Business adopting a Roundabout for the purpose of landscaping and maintenance.
The Scheme benefits all parties involved by enhancing the appearance of roundabouts, while advertising and highlighting the efforts of the participating Business or Company.

For further information and / or to apply, please click on the relevant Application Form below.

Adopt a Road Application Form

Adopt a Roundabout Application Form

Completed Application Forms should be returned to your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office, with whom you should liaise prior to making an Application.

For further information and / or to apply, please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Notes below:

Bus Stop Application Form (Bus Operator Companies only)

Bus Stop Explanatory Notes

The Community Involvement Scheme is a joint venture approach between the Council and local Communities, for the purpose of carrying out maintenance and improvement works on suitable Regional and Local Roads. Cork County Council will only consider proposals where a local financial contribution applies. The local contribution is 15% of the estimated cost of the work. The Council will only accept monetary contributions in advance from the community and will carry out all of the approved works on the Scheme, on payment of the required amount subject to the availability of grant funding.

Completed applications should be returned to your local Municipal District Engineer's Office, from where further details are available. For further information and / or to apply, please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Memo below:

Community Involvement Scheme Application Form / Explanatory Memo

The Cork County Road Schedule Viewer outlines the extent of roads and road numbers in the charge of Cork County Council, along with contact details for the various Municipal District Engineering Offices.

Under Section 76 of the Roads Act 1993, Landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that water can drain off a public road onto their land and to ensure that water, soil or other materials do not escape from their land on to the road.

 

Offenders may be served with a notice by the Council, which if not acted upon, can lead to prosecutions and fines if pursued through the Courts.  

 

If you require further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office or see here.

 

         Emergency Contact Numbers:

 

Emergency Services (if life is at risk)

112 or 999

Cork County Council Roads Emergency
(out of hours – weekends, public holidays and on weekdays after 5pm and before 9am)

021 4800048

Maintenance of Motorways and Dual Carriage Ways(Including the road from Mallow to Cork)

0818 715100

Cork County Council Water Services
(office hours)

021 4285353

Emergency Number for Irish Water Drinking Water & Waste Water Services

(out of hours)

1850 278278

Gas Networks Emergency Number

1850 20 50 50

ESB Networks Emergency (overhead wires)

Public Lighting Emergency

1850 372 999

1800 372 772

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1901

 

If your query relates to a particular Engineering Area, please contact your local Municipal District Engineering office.

Municipal District Engineering offices in County Cork are as follows:

 

Area

Phone Number

Ballincollig

021-4870541

Bandon

023-8841181

Bantry

027-50058

Blarney

021-4381227

Castletownbere

027-70017

Carrigaline

021-4371800

Charleville

063-81348

Clonakilty

023-8833347

Cobh

021-4811307

Dunmanway

023-8845209

Fermoy

025-31155

Glanmire

021-4866834

Kanturk

029-50040

Kinsale

021-4772137

Macroom

026-41047

Mallow

022-30427/30423

Midleton

021-4631554

Millstreet

029-70026

Mitchelstown

025-24944

Newmarket

029-60018

Schull

028-28128

Skibbereen

028-21299

Youghal

024-92365

 

This power is devolved to the Elected Members. However the approval of the Minister is required where the extinguishment applies over a national or regional road. In the case of a National road, the Minister must consult with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

Once a Public Right of Way has been extinguished, the public no longer have a right to use the road. The Road Authority is no longer responsible for maintaining the road.

Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Tel:  028 21299

Email:  roads@corkcoco.ie

 

Under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road. Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead. You are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges so as to prevent them from becoming a hazard to persons or property in the area. Adequate signposting should be provided and the Council and Gardai notified before works commence. Hedgecutting operations should only be undertaken outside the critical nesting period of 1st March to 31st August. The Roads Act states that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office.

Click link for Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme Application Form 2019

If you wish to report an issue relating to trees or hedges please use our online portal

A Local Improvement Scheme is a scheme for carrying out improvement works on private/non-public roads. Cork County Council may carry out the works subject to the Department of Rural & Community Development providing the necessary funding for the Scheme.

A local financial contribution from applicants of 10% will apply for eligible roads with up to and including 5 householders/landowners,  or 15% for eligible roads with 6 or more householders/landowners. The maximum amount of contribution payable by any individual household/landowner is capped at €1,200.

Local Improvement Scheme Application Form including Terms and Conditions of the Scheme.

Cork County Council has prepared two Noise Action Plans:

  1. The unified urban areas of Cork city and county (in conjunction with Cork City Council)
  2. Major roads in County Cork

The purpose of the Noise Action Plans is to act as a means of managing environmental noise, and to meet the aims of the European Noise Directive (END) of preventing, and reducing where necessary, environmental noise through the adoption of the Plans.

For more information on the Plans, please email: national.roads@corkrdo.ie

Property Owners have responsibilities under the Roads Act 1993. These include:

Hedge and/or tree cutting

Under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road. Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead. You are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges so as to prevent them from becoming a hazard to persons or property in the area. Adequate signposting should be provided and the Council and Gardai notified before works commence. Hedgecutting operations should only be undertaken outside the critical nesting period of 1st March to 31st August. The Roads Act states that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office.

Click link for Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme Application Form

If you wish to report an issue relating to trees or hedges please use our online portal

 

Drainage

Under Section 76 of the Roads Act 1993, Landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that water can drain off a public road onto their land and to ensure that water, soil or other materials do not escape from their land on to the road.

 

Offenders may be served with a notice by the Council, which if not acted upon, can lead to prosecutions and fines if pursued through the Courts.  

 

If you require further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office .

 

Mud and/or debris on roads

Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 also makes it an offence to deposit materials on a public road, or to permit mud or anything that falls from a vehicle to remain on the public road, so as to cause a hazard or potential hazard to road users, or to obstruct or interfere with the safe use of the road.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office .

If you wish to report any damage to roads or footpaths, including potholes, please use our online portal.

3 images of infrastructre projects in Cork

Cork County Council is responsible for approximately 12% of the State’s roads network. Of this, approximately 94% comprises of regional & local roads. Regional & local roads play a vital role in connecting people & communities & sustaining social & economic development. This is reflected in the fact that regional & local roads carry over 65% of total road traffic in the County.

The Regional & Local Roads Design Office (R&LRDO) has a key role in the maintenance and improvement of regional & local roads serving the County across the following main headings:

  1. Strategic Roads
  2. Bridge Rehabilitation/Replacement
  3. Restoration Improvement Programme
  4. Local Improvement Schemes
  5. Safety Improvement Schemes
  6. Other Improvement Works

The R&LRDO project manages multiple projects from initial concept through to completion of construction. The following is a summary of the various steps involved in the delivery of a strategic road:

  1. Project Planning / Desktop Review;
  2. Traffic Surveys / Topographical Surveys;
  3. Preliminary Report / Constraints Study;
  4. Route/Scheme Options & Preferred Route Selection;
  5. Procuring Consultants (if necessary);
  6. Preliminary Design / Environmental & Archaeological Assessment; 
  7. Part 8 Planning / Environmental Impact Statement; 
  8. Project Cost Estimates;
  9. Land Acquisition, Oral Hearing
  10. Detail Design; 
  11. Compliance with Health & Safety Regulations & Road Safety Audits;
  12. Preparation of Contract Documents; 
  13. Assess Tenders / DTTAS Approval / Award Construction Contract;
  14. Supervise Construction;
  15. Final Account / Accommodation Works / Land Maps / Closeout.

The R & LRDO is made up of 17 dedicated staff, including engineers, technicians & clerks of works. The R&LRDO has offices at Ballincollig, Skibbereen & Mallow to serve the entire County.

Email: Info.Rlrdo@corkcoco.ie

For information on Regional & Local Roads Projects – Part 8 Planning & Section 38's follow the below link:

Regional & Local Roads Projects – Part 8 Planning & Section 38

 

A Road Opening Licence must be obtained from Cork County Council for any excavation on a public road (pavement), footpath, grass margin and public car park.

An application for a Road Opening Licence must be made via the Maproad Roadworks Licensing System (MRL). This System is facilitated and supported by the Road Management Office (RMO).  All applicants must register in advance through the RMO and must submit evidence of compliant Insurances in the required format. You can register as a new Applicant hereand user queries can be directed here.

All road opening work must be carried out in accordance with the 'Purple Book' Guidelines for Managing Openings in Public Roads - current revision April 2017

 

Information in relation to Speed Limits can be found here.

 

 

To declare a road to be public, the road must be of general public utility and a public right of way must exist over the road. The Road Authority must consider the financial implications of taking on responsibility for an additional public road, and must consider any objections or representations made by the public. 

The making of an Order declaring a road to be a public road and the consideration of objections or representations on such a proposal are functions reserved to the Elected Members.


Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Tel:  028 21299

Email: roads@corkcoco.ie

If the application is for taking in charge a road in a Housing Estate, application forms are available from the Planning Department.

If you are undertaking works or holding an event which necessitates the temporary closure of a public road, you will require the permission of Cork County Council.

For further information and / or to apply please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Notes below:

Temporary Road Closure Application Form

Temporary Road Closure Explanatory Notes

Confirmation of Insurance Details Form

Cork County Council wishes to advise that it is an offence under the Roads Act 1993 to place or retain a vehicle or sign for the purposes of advertising, sale of goods, provision of services or other similar purpose on a public road / roadside without the consent of the Road Authority.

This includes vehicles offered for sale on public roads, footpaths, grass margins or hard shoulders.

The owners of any such unauthorised vehicles and / or signs will be instructed to remove them with immediate effect. Failure to do so will result in the Council arranging for removal of the vehicle /sign without further notice.  Removal and storage costs will be recouped by the Council and these are likely to be substantial.

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Roads Directorate, Annabella, Mallow