There is a flood alert in effect. Please stay safe and follow the latest Flooding information and advice.


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.

You can also view our Rights of Way – closures here


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

You must fill in a Temporary Closure Application Form to apply for this.

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

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


Last reviewed: August 31, 2023 by Sophie

Next review due: March 2, 2024

Back to top