Add a structure to a Public Right of Way

How to apply to introduce a new structure, such as a gate or stile, on a Public Right of Way.

Important: WSCC is following Government advice regarding the closure of Public Rights of Way in response to COVID-19. The network currently remains open and legislation does not exist that would allow WSCC, as Local Highways Authority, to close paths due to COVID-19 at this time. Should this change, we will respond accordingly.

Current advice is that, with appropriate social distancing in place, it is possible to use local Public Rights of Way responsibly. Please make sure you wash you hands thoroughly when returning home from walking on Public Rights of Way as you will have touched gates and stiles that may have been used by others.

If you wish to introduce a new structure on a Public Right of Way (PROW), permission must be sought from the highways authority. Applications for new stiles will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications can only be made under the following legislation:

  • Section 147 of the Highways Act 1980 - to ensure the use of the land for agriculture can be efficiently continued by preventing the access of animals
  • Section 115B and 115E of the Highways Act 1980 – to apply for permission to place structures or objects on a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway to enhance the amenity or provide a service for public benefit.

Complete the online application form to apply for permission from the highways authority:

Application for consent to erect a structure on a PROW (external link)

Additional information about adding structures can be found on Landowners' and managers' rights and responsibilities

Last updated:
9 December 2021
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