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Roads and Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay a parking fine?

Where do I report a pot hole / road in poor condition?

Can I have the telephone details for the relevant office for each engineering area?

How do I know which Area Office to contact?

Is the Local Authority responsible if I damage my vehicle on a public road?

Where do I report a public lighting fault?

When is an Abnormal Load Permit required?

How long does it take to process an application for an Abnormal Load Permit?

How much does an abnormal load cost?

Why do I need a Road Opening Licence?

How do I apply for a road opening licence?

What is the procedure to close a public road or extinguish a public right of way?

To whom can I complain to if drivers are breaking the speed limit on my road or in my area?

Why was I not informed about a road closure?

How do I get confirmation that Roads and Services are, or are not, in the Charge of Kildare County Council?

To whom should I report tree roots breaking up the footpath?

When can I cut my hedges?

To whom can i report overhanging vegetation that is obstructing a footpath or road?


How can I pay a parking fine?

By Telephone 045-980444 (24 hours) Pay online at www.kildarecoco.ie By Credit / Debit Card – Visa, Mastercard and Laser accepted. By Cheque or Postal Order – payable to Kildare County Council, Finance Dept., Level 2, Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare

Where do I report a pot hole/road in poor condition?

You can report a pot hole or a road in poor condition to the relevant Area Office.

Can I have the telephone details for the relevant office for each engineering area?

The numbers are as follows:-

Northern Area Office 01 - 6286236
Naas Area Office 045 - 980425
Athy Area Office 059 - 8631329
Kildare Area Office 045 - 437556

How do I know which Area Office to contact?

You can access a map showing the relevant engineering areas via this link http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Transportation/AreaMaps

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Is the Local Authority responsible if I damage my vehicle on a public road?

Under the Civil Liability Act, 1961 a local authority is not liable for injury to the user or damage to property resulting from failure to repair a road.

Where do I report a public lighting fault?

A fault in a public light can be reported to the Traffic Management Centre on 045 980225 or emailed to publiclights@kildarecoco.ie .

When is an Abnormal Load Permit required?

A permit is required when the load being transported is in excess of the guidelines outlined in the Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulation 2003.

How long does it take to process an application for an Abnormal Load Permit?

An application form for an Abnormal Load Permit should be received at least 4 days prior to the date of the proposed journey, to allow for proper assessment of the application.

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How much does an abnormal load cost?

Single Journey Permit - €60.00. Three Month Permit - €150.00. Annual Permit - €500.00.

Why do I need a Road Opening Licence?

Before any work is carried out on a public road or footpath the applicant must obtain permission from the Transportation Department.

How do I apply for a road opening licence?

Road opening licenses in relation to water and/or sewerage connections can be applied for through the Water Services Department. All other road opening licenses are dealt with by the Transportation Department (045-980421)

What is the procedure to close a public road or extinguish a public right of way?

An application to extinguish a public right of way should be made in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Transportation Department. The applications should be accompanied by a petition signed by the residents concerned/affected indicating their support for the proposal and their reason for seeking to have the public right of way extinguished.

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To whom can I complain to if drivers are breaking the speed limit on my road or in my area?

The enforcement of speed limits is a matter for an Garda Siochana. You should report any breach of the speed limit in your area to your local Garda station.

Why was I not informed about a road closure?

Prior to any public road being closed, a “Notice of Intention” and a “Notice of Decision” are advertised in a local paper circulating in the area in question. Information regarding road closures is also available on the Council’s website.

How do I get confirmation that Roads and Services are, or are not, in the Charge of Kildare County Council?

All requests for confirmation that Roads and Services are, or are not, in the Charge of Kildare County Council must be formally made in writing to the Transportation Department, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. This correspondence should be accompanied by a clearly marked site location map and the €75 administration fee. All cheques, bankers orders, postal orders, etc., should be drawn in favour of Kildare County Council.

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To whom should I report tree roots breaking up the footpath?

If you are aware of any location where tree roots are breaking up the footpath then you should contact the relevant Area Office (contact details are listed above)

When can I cut my hedges?

It is an offence to cut otherwise destroy any vegetation from the 1st of March to the 31st of August in any year. It is acceptable to cut hedges from the 1st of September to the 28th of February, providing you do so in a safe manner.

To whom can i report overhanging vegetation that is obstructing a footpath or road?

You should contact your local Area Office with the details. The Area Office staff will ascertain if the vegetation is hanging over from a public address or a private area. If private, a notice will be served on the owner requesting them to cut back the vegetation.

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