Stopping up order

Stopping up orders are usually made to allow development to take place, or because the public highway is no longer necessary. Public highway can include roads, streets, footpaths or grass verges.

Once the stopping up process is completed, the highway land ceases to be a highway and any highway rights are extinguished in law. If an order is successfully made on the public highway, then the land is free of any Highway Authority control.

See our guide for further information about the stopping up process and application form (PDF, 258KB) or any queries please email


Page last reviewed: 22 August 2023