Taking in Charge of a Road

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. Roads built by a Local Authority are held to be public roads when their construction is intended for use by the general 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 – 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 - details available on the Planning section of the website.
 

Abandonment of a Public Road

The power to abandon local roads is devolved to the Local Authority and is a Function reserved to the Elected Members.   The Minister must however approve any order to abandon a National or Regional road. The Minister in turn, must consult with TII before making a decision affecting a national 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 – 028 21299.  Email:  roads@corkcoco.ie

Extinguishment of a Public Right of Way

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 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 – 028 21299.  Email:   roads@corkcoco.ie
 

Speed Limits

Please check with the Speed Limits National Website.

Responsibilities of Property Owners

Property Owners Responsibilities under the Roads Act 1993 :- 

Hedge / Tree Cutting

Drainage

Mud / 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
 

Hedge/ 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.

Drainage

Under Section 76 of the 1993 Roads Act, 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.

Noise Action Plan 2013-2018

Cork County Council has prepared two Noise Action Plans for the Cork area :-

  1. Agglomeration of Cork (in conjunction with Cork City Council)
  2. Major Roads Cork County Area

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.

These Plans will be available on the Cork National Roads Office website later in the year.  Meanwhile if you are seeking information on the Plans, please email:  national.roads@corkrdo.ie