Somerset County Council

Apply for a temporary closure of a right of way


It is sometimes necessary to close a public right of way temporarily for development, forestry operations or maintenance of utilities. Wherever possible an alternative route should be provided. 

The length of temporary closures varies from 5 days to a maximum of 6 months. Closure notices are advertised in newspapers and copies of the notice and a map are posted on site. 

Anyone can apply to temporarily close a public right of way although it is usually utility companies and developers.

‘Apply now’ online is not currently available for public rights of way closures  so you must fill in a Temporary Closure Application Form to apply for this.

Current cost, which is subject to change by administration and legislative changes, typically includes costs for administration and advertisement. 

The fee must be paid in advance by cheque, made payable to Somerset County Council.

Timescales vary for the different types of closure. For full details please contact us. 

We will process your application and may contact you if we need more information. We will tell you the date the temporary closure becomes active. 


Contact: Rights of Way
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax:01823 356114

Customer Contact opening hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Rights of Way opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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