Private Road

Definition - What does Private Road mean?

A private road is a road that is officially owned by a private citizen or citizens and is not owned by a government body. Private roads are maintained and controlled by the owners. They decide who can travel on the road and when. Private roads include driveways. Private roads must be on privately owned properties.

Justipedia explains Private Road

An example of a private road could be a road that a farmer constructed on his property to be able to access all his farmland with a tractor. In this circumstance, the road belongs entirely to the farmer as long as it is on his land. The farmer may permit other people to travel on the road. For example, if the road provides a shortcut for a neighbor, the farmer may allow the neighbor to travel on the road. However, people who do not have the farmer's permission would not be allowed to use the road.

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