Important Notice to Landowners

This notice sets out the responsibilities of landowners in relation to the maintenance of public roads.A public road includes the carriageway and the grass margins. 


Landowners are responsible under the Roads Act 1993 for the cutting, trimming and maintenance of roadside trees and hedges which may become a potential hazard to road users or interfere with the general maintenance of the public road. 

It is not the responsibility of the County Council to maintain or cut back trees or hedges for landowners. 

All unsafe trees should be removed from the roadside and hedges should be cut back and trimmed. All reasonable care should be taken to ensure the safety of road users when this work is being carried out. Landowners are responsible for the cost of removing fallen trees from public roads. Professional advice on the condition of roadside trees may be obtained from specialist tree surgeons, if necessary. The owner/occupier is obliged to comply with the Health & Safety Act 2005 with regard to his employees and the safety of the general public. Adequate signage must be provided if working on the public roadway.  

Under Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 tree felling or hedge cutting should not be undertaken, except in the case of an emergency, each year between 1st March and 31st August each year.


It is an offence to damage or dig up a public road without the permission of the County Council, or to allow any material, including soil, slurry, fodder or any debris onto a public road, where such material could create potential hazard for road users. 

Landowners should ensure that:

  • The transport of winter fodder over public roads is eliminated or minimised.
  • Tyres of tractors are regularly washed down so that soil is not carried onto the public road and any soil, fodder etc., which is deposited on the road is removed immediately.
  • Fodder, plastic or twines are not left on grass margins.
  • Livestock are fed an adequate distance from the roadside to prevent road drainage being interfered with and slurry flowing onto the road. 


It is the responsibility of landowners to install an adequate drainage system in order to ensure that:

  • Water is not prevented or obstructed from draining from a public road.
  • Water does not flow onto a public road from lands.

Written consent is required from the County Council where it is proposed to deepen or widen an existing drain or dig a new drain within 15 metres of the nearest edge of the road. 

Roscommon County Council seeks the co-operation of all landowners in complying with their obligations relating to public roads. 

Japanese Knotweed

Where Japanese Knotweed appears on private property the landowner is responsible for ensuring that they are not causing or allowing it to be dispersed or spread and should take action to control it. If the plant is on a public road please inform the Area Office.

To report activity on private property or to seek advice the public can contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service 

Tel: 01-888 3242 or LoCall 1890 383 000  

The public have been requested to record observations of Japanese Knotweed with the National Biodiversity Data Centre ( Attached is general information from the National Biodiversity Data Centre and answers to some frequently asked questions re. Japanese Knotweed. Key diagnostic features of the plant are outlined to help recognise it and correctly identify it in the future.

The procedure in place in which recorders are asked to record the species is through the online recording system ( which specifically caters for recordings of invasive species. Recorders are asked to include a photograph (<500kb in size) for validation purposes. Or alternatively to complete your records by using the app which automatically reduces the size of photos (

Eugene Dwyer

Head of Roads and Transportation