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Highway Self Help


What is highways self help?

Highways self help is when an individual or organisation carries out minor works in or around the public highway.

What type of work can be done and where?

The following work can be completed under a road closure or using appropriate traffic management:

  • clearing weeds
  • cleaning signs
  • cleaning drainage (gully grating)
  • cutting grass
  • repairing finger posts
  • cutting hedges
  • set up a road closure for special events
  • Managing verges for wildlife

The above list is not exhaustive.

Works on the live carriageway (open to traffic) should only be carried out by contractors who hold the necessary qualifications. Volunteers should not carry out works on the live carriageway unless the work is being undertaken through the Road Warden Scheme.

All works should be discussed, in the first instance, with the local Highway Neighbourhood Officer.

How to get involved

Town and parish councils: If you’d like to carry out a self-help project and would like further advice call 0345 155 1004 or email

Individual volunteers and community self-help groups: The majority of self-help projects are organised via town or parish councils. Contact your parish or town council, in the first instance, to see if there are any projects arranged and offer your assistance. To get the right contact details for your area please use the postcode checker below. If the parish or town council don’t have anything planned, contact Devon County Council on 0345 155 1004 or email and we may have something planned which you can get involved in.


Devon County Council will provide:

  • advice on schemes that are a priority for local people
  • if agreed, a road closure

Volunteering details

When: Weekday am, weekday pm, weekends
Transport provided: No
Public transport nearby: Dependent on location of work
Disabled access: No
Training provided: Yes
Group activity: Optional
One-off opportunity: Optional
Out-of-pocket expenses paid: No

Funding and guidance

Apply for a Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund

Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund terms and conditions

Safety at street works and road works – A code of practice

Case studies

One of the initial issues facing local councils is access to appropriate signs and equipment. Read more >

Marwood Parish Council joined the highway self help scheme and uses its funds towards a parish handyman. Read more >

Parish Lengthsman

Highway Self Help scheme gives town and parish councils and community self-help groups the opportunity to do small maintenance tasks. Read more >