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Road Warden Scheme


What is the Road Warden Scheme?

It is a formal agreement, between Devon County Council and a town or parish council, which enables them to deliver minor works in or around the public highway.

The Road Warden Scheme allows communities to:

  • organise minor works either on or off the live carriageway (see types of work below)
  • carry out minor works either on the live carriageway or away from the live carriageway.

What are the benefits of the Road Warden Scheme?

  • Communities are able to carry out minor works which DCC are no longer able to resource and do not have a legal responsibility to carry out.
  • DCC provide third party insurance for the works.
  • Free training on DCC arranged courses (see training below).
  • Priority status for Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund (HMCE) Fund applications.
  • Access to a store of tools which are held at various locations around the county.

What type of work can be done by Road Warden volunteers?

  • Pothole repairs (when they do not meet our intervention criteria).
  • 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

All works must be discussed, in the first instance, with the local highway neighbourhood officer. This list is not exhaustive. Work must be undertaken in line with guidance (method statements) provided by Devon County Council. Please see the ‘Details’ tab for guidance documents.

Road Wardens would not be responsible for carrying out safety repairs as this remains the responsibility of the council.

A Road Warden should:

  • be nominated as suitable by the town or parish council
  • be the communication link between DCC and the parish council
  • agree to work within the arrangements set forward by the Road Warden agreement
  • co-ordinate any minor works which are undertaken within the parish or town
  • ensure that risk assessments are undertaken and are easily accessible upon DCC request.

A Road Warden volunteer should:

  • be nominated as suitable by the town or parish council or similar body
  • have received suitable training to carry out minor works
  • agree to work within the arrangements set forward by the Road Warden.

How to get involved

Town and parish councils: If you’re interested in joining the scheme and working with Devon County Council to more effectively manage your local area call 0345 155 1004 or email

Individual volunteers and community groups: The Road Warden Scheme is organised via the parish or town council. Each parish or town council can have a nominated Road Warden and can be supported by local volunteers. Contact your parish or town council 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:

  • Training and advice.
  • Limited funding for materials or tools.
  • Limited supply of agreed materials.
  • Third party insurance cover for work carried out as agreed with the highway neighbourhood officer.

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 resources

Apply for a Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund

Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund guidance notes

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

Find out about access to a supply of tools which are kept at 5 locations across the county and a supply of certain materials.

Training guidance

Case studies

Pothole filling trials

In response to demand to fill potholes, Devon Highways Materials Laboratory identified a product, that would provide a robust fix. Read more >

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