An Alley is a lane to which both pedestrians and (in most cases) vehicles can gain access. Alleys usually run behind blocks of houses (in Cardiff these are predominantly Victorian houses) and can have entrances and exits in one or more streets.

Alleys are usually classed as ‘adopted highways, although private alleyways also exist in the city. Maintenance of adopted highways is managed by the Council’s Highways Service Area.  Generally there is a public right of way over an adopted alley and so in most instances it is not possible to permanently “stop up, or close it.

However, where there are ongoing and persistent levels of crime and antisocial behaviour it may be feasible to place a Public Spaces Protection Order on the lane and erect alley gates. The example shows a typical alley, which crosses the pavement and links to the main road.


Do you need to request an alley gate key?

If you own a property (as a landlord, owner occupier or business owner) adjoining a gated lane, you may be entitled to a key to lock and unlock the alley gate. 

New or replacement keys can be obtained at The City Centre Advice Hub, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1FL.

Please ensure you bring 2 forms of ID (including one photographic) to prove your address. Replacement or additional keys will be charged at £10.00 per key.

Tenants will also need to bring written consent from their landlord to be able to collect a key.

For more information please click here to re-direct you to the Cardiff Council website.