Last updated:
26 September 2017

Temporary path closures

How to apply for a temporary closure to a public right of way.

1 Overview

If you consider that planned works on or in the vicinity of any Public Right of Way may endanger path users, you will need to make formal application for a Temporary Closure Order (TCO) prior to any works beginning.

Whole paths, or sections of paths, can be temporarily closed for a period of up to five days whilst planned works take place. A minimum of two weeks notice is required.

Planned works taking longer than five days, lasting up to six months, require 6-8 weeks written notice.

Emergency closures for unplanned works, such as to clear a fallen tree, are possible but will not be accepted where works could reasonably have been expected to need a path closure.

2 Fees for temporary path closures

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017 and exclude VAT.

  • £400 - Up to 5 day path closure
  • £400 - Up to 21 day emergency/unplanned path closure
  • £1,650 - Up to 6 month path closure

3 Apply for a temporary path closure

Ensure you have included all relevant information in your application when applying for either type of closure. This is necessary for the County Council to meet with the appropriate legal requirements.

Notification is required prior to, and on completion of, the works being undertaken. The path will be inspected to confirm that its surface has been reinstated to a standard as agreed, which will as a minimum be no less than existed prior to works and to ensure the route is acceptable and safe for public use.

Temporary path closure application form

4 Contact us

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