Somerset County Council

Apply for consent to hold a motor event on a public right of way


To hold a motor vehicle event (motorcycle trial or car rally) on any public right of way, you must seek consent from us. Written consent is required from all landowners as well as adequate insurance.

Consent for motor vehicle events is given under the Road Traffic Act 1988. If the organisers fail to meet their obligations under the Act or the certificate of consent, then we may withdraw our consent. 

We charge £25 per hour for officer time. There is more information in Information and Resources. 

Anyone can apply for consent as long as they can provide evidence of written consent from all landowners affected; they have adequate insurance and adhere to the conditions of consent.

To apply, fill in the application form and return it with completed landowner consent forms, both are in Information and resources, and a cheque to cover administration charges to the address given on the form. Where other people are affected please get them to fill out the consent form and attach this to your application. 

Your application will be processed and local consultation will be done as required. Applications are usually determined within 4 to 6 weeks. If your application is approved, we will send you a certificate of consent setting out the conditions that you must comply with. 

Signing and stewarding of the event is the responsibility of the organiser.

Consent of motor vehicle events is covered in the Maintenance and Enforcement Policy which is in Information and resources.

General information
If you have an objection to an authorised event, please contact us. We will deal with objections case-by-case.

Organisers of motor vehicle events will be held responsible for any damage to the public rights of way used and any adjoining structures or signage. All vehicles participating in the event must have Third Party insurance. Adequate signing and stewarding is required to warn users of the public rights of way of the event, particularly at junctions of paths with roads.

The organiser must be able to indemnify us against any legal liability for any claims arising from the authorisation, as well as any expenses incurred in defending such a claim.


Contact: Public 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.
Public Rights of Way Team opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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