The Definitive Map and Statement (the legal record of Public Rights of Way) is only changed by a legal order. There are two main types of changes:
- Public Path Orders – which create, divert or extinguish paths.
- Definitive Map Modification Orders (DMMOs) – which record existing rights of way (often historic ones) and are used to correct errors and omissions in the Definitive Map and Statement
Under some circumstances, orders can be made by the District or Borough Councils, or by the government. This website does not include those orders.
Additionally, Traffic Regulation Orders may be made to restrict or prohibit use of a public right of way. These may be temporary or permanent (unless revoked) and are made, for example, to enable development to occur or for public safety.
Applying for a Public Path Order
If you want to make an application to divert of extinguish a path please email
Applying for a Traffic Regulation Order
If you need to work on or next to a public right of way you may apply to temporarily restrict or prohibit public access for up to 6 months providing it will be re-opened on its original alignment in a suitable condition for public use. The application will be assessed and may or may not result in an order being made. At least six weeks advance notice is required. Please note:
The application will not be processed until a site inspection has taken place.
In developments where there are plans to permanently divert a public path, under either the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 or the Highways Act 1980, the County Council will only agree to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order once the permanent diversion has been confirmed. Therefore, until the permanent diversion of the path has been confirmed the Council will not be able to agree to any proposed Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.
The developer is responsible for the safety of the public legally using the public path through their site.
TTRO charges updated 31 March 2018 (PDF, 11.17 KB)
In emergencies where works need to take place for public safety, or where you consider a permanent Traffic Regulation Order is necessary, please email
Applying to correct an error or omission in the Definitive Map
If you want to make a ‘claim’ on a path (add a new path, delete an existing path, or upgrade/downgrade a path e.g. change a footpath to a bridleway), then please contact the Rights of Way team.
Existing applications can be viewed here: