Protecting against future claims
Public Rights of Way Section 31(6) and Commons Section 15A(1) deposits
Protecting land against future claims
A path used by the public for 20 years or more can become a public right of way. An application can then be made for it to be recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement. To help prevent this, landowners can register a deposit on their land.
Similarly, land used by the public for recreation for more than 20 years can become a town or village green. Landowners can register a deposit to prevent a future claim.
How to make a deposit
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- Telephone: 0345 6080 193
- Email: Rights of Way
To make a deposit, landowners should,
- Refer to the Defra guidance - GOV.UK
- deposit a map and statement using the template application form [76.3 KB] [docx]. The map should include all recognised public rights of way or town or village greens on the land.
- Submit an application form. This should be renewed every 20 years, confirming that no new rights of way have been dedicated.
- Install other measures, such as signs, to challenge any unauthorised public access on their land.
The charge to register a deposit is £387.
We are currently requesting that applications are submitted by email.
For more information, please contact us:
- Telephone: 0345 608 0193
- Email: Definitive Map Team
Please note: Responsibility for the validity of the deposit rests with the depositor. We are under no obligation to carry out exhaustive checks.