North East Lincolnshire Council

Highways enforcement

A guide to highway enforcement

The Council, as highway authority, has a duty to protect and assert the rights of the public to use and enjoy the highway network (roads and paths). The Highways Enforcement team deal with all highway obstructions (but not parking offences, which are investigated by the Civil Parking Enforcement team) and offences relating to temporary structures and other items on the highway including:

  • Tree branches and vegetation overhanging the public highway (obstructing the passage of traffic, vehicular or pedestrian, or obstructing visibility)
  • Unauthorised vehicular accesses
  • Vehicles causing an obstruction of footpaths or grass verges
  • Damage to the highway (roads, paths and verges, including highway signs and apparatus)
  • Advertising boards on the highway (including posters and banners on street furniture)
  • Caravans or trailers obstructing the highway
  • Skips and scaffolding
  • Unfenced land adjacent to the highway (e.g. private forecourts of shops) causing a danger to highway users
  • Unauthorised excavation of the highway
  • Materials deposited on the highway (e.g. building / horticultural supplies)
  • Mud or other debris on the highway

Report a highway enforcement issue

You can report a highway enforcement problem using our online form: Highway obstructions

Report a problem with a skip

Complete the skips form to report the following:

  • No lights on the skip
  • No cones around the skip
  • Issues with the siting of the skip
  • Full and overflowing skips

We can only deal with skips on public land. To report an issue fill in our form Skip report.

Search enforcement cases

To search for a specific enforcement case use our Planning applications page where open enforcement investigations can be monitored.

Enforcement Team, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB


Telephone: 01472 326289

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm and Friday 9 am to 4 pm except bank holidays