Somerset County Council

Apply for a temporary closure of a right of way


It is sometimes necessary to close a public right of way on a temporary basis for reasons of 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 term of 6 months. Closure notices are advertised in newspapers and copies of the notice and a map are posted on site. 

Who can use it?

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

How do I use it?

You will need to complete a Temporary Closure Application Form to apply for this which can be found in the Information and resources section. Full guidance on how to apply is given in the form.

What happens next?

We will process your application and may contact you if we need further information. You will be notified with the date when the temporary closure becomes active. 

How long does it take?

Timescales vary for the different types of closure. For full details please see the closure application form.

How much does it cost?

The closure application form gives the current pricing, which is subject to change by administration and legislative changes, but typically includes costs for:

i) Administration
ii) Advertisement 

The current pricing is £1000, payable in advance by cheque and made payable to Somerset County Council.  Any reimbursements will be made after the order has been processed.


Contact: Streetworks 
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 357551
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Streetworks opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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