General information on roads

Find out the difference between public roads, public property and private roads and what you need to bear in mind when using them.

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What is a public road?

Public roads are roads that are made available to the general public by those authorized to use them (usually the city or state) ("public use"). However, in addition to traffic regulations, there may also be general restrictions on use, e.g. a cycle path is planned from the outset only for bicycle traffic and is therefore narrower than a road.

Private uses beyond transportation, such as the construction of an access road (ramp) or the installation of a telephone box, are only permitted with the written consent of the road administrator. In Innsbruck, this is the City of Innsbruck for municipal roads and the Province of Tyrol, represented by the Innsbruck Building District Office, for provincial roads.

What is public property?

Public property is land that is intended for use by the general public and is owned by a local authority (federal, state, local authority). It can include roads as well as bodies of water. The plots of public property are grouped together in the respective land register as separate "deposits" and designated as "public property".

Public use of a public road is open to all under the same conditions.

What applies to private roads?

In the case of private roads, the authorized users decide who may use them. However, as long as a private road is at least open to pedestrians without restriction, it is a "road with public traffic" because it can be used by everyone (e.g. pedestrians) under the same conditions and the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulations (StVO) apply.

Regulations on roads and their use can be found in the Tyrolean Road Act and in the StVO.