Somerset County Council

Apply to change the surface of a public right of way


Surfaces of public rights of way are occasionally shared with private use for access to agricultural and residential properties. Landowners sometimes want to improve their access by changing the surface. If this affects the surface of the public right of way, you must seek our authorisation. Please contact us if you wish to discuss changing the surface of a public right of way. In the majority of cases we are responsible for the surface of public rights of way. 

Who can use it?
Anybody can apply to change the surface of a public right of way as long as they have the written consent of all landowner(s) and third parties affected.

What happens next?
Your application will be investigated. If authorisation is granted we may impose conditions with regard to the type(s) of materials used, the future maintenance of the surface and/or associated drainage.

How long does it take?
Applications are usually determined within 4 to 6 weeks.

How much does it cost?
There is a charge of £90 for each route that is applied for.

Authorisation of changes to surfacing is covered in the Maintenance and Enforcement Policy.


Contact: Rights of Way Enforcement Team
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356114
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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