Rights of Way

Useful information regarding Public Rights of Way, improvements to the walking, cycling and riding network and the Nottingham Local Access Forum

Public Rights of Way are routes over which the public have a legal right to pass and re-pass at any time of the day and night and are protected by highway law and legislation.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Following extensive public consultation, the City Councils Executive Board formally adopted Nottingham's second Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP2). This will help deliver improvements to the walking, cycling and riding network across Nottingham. To view a copy of ROWIP1 and ROWIP2 please download the following links or visit the Transport Strategies and Policies webpage. 

How long do Public Rights of Way last for?

Once a public right of way legally comes into being then the public's right to use the way lasts forever unless it is formally stopped up (permanently closed) or diverted (onto a new alignment) by an Act of Parliament, Instrument or other legal event. Please see the section below on "Legal changes to the public rights of way network".

The Definitive Map and Statement

So that everyone, including walkers, riders, local residents and landowners alike, know which paths or ways are public rights of way, Parliament has required local authorities, known as Surveying Authorities, to record those rights on special maps and statements, known as Definitive Maps and Statements. All known public footpaths, bridleways and byways should, by law, be recorded in the Map and Statement.

The Councils Traffic Management Team is responsible for the Nottingham Definitive Map and Statement. All public rights of way may be viewed on the online Street Register, by appointment by telephoning 0115 876 5246 or by email john.lee@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Modifying the Definitive Map and Statement

Anyone may make an application to the Council to modify the Definitive Map and Statement via a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO). For further information on the DMMO application process click here for the Explanatory Note. To view applications for DMMO's please visit the register of DMMO applications.

Legal Changes

Public rights of way may be stopped up or diverted for a number of reasons. For example a route may be stopped up if its not needed or stopped up or diverted to enable development to be carried out. These changes are made through a Public Path Order (PPO). If you wish to make an application for a PPO please download the application forms

Register of Statutory Declarations made under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act

Under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 a landowner may deposit a statutory declaration with the highway authority. The declaration enables landowners to formally acknowledge any public rights of way dedicated across their land and that they have no intention of dedicating any further public rights of way.

The register can be downloaded from the Nottingham City Council's Open Data website

Gating Orders

The Council may make a Gating Order (soon to be replaced by Public Spaces Protection Orders) to help reduce crime or antisocial behaviour occurring either on the path itself or resulting from its use. A Gating Order does not permanently stop up the public right of way but restricts the public's use either at certain times or at all times of the day and night. To view the register of gating orders please visit the Register of Gating Orders

The Nottingham Local Access Forum

The NLAF was set up during 2004 as part of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 and advise the Council on public rights of way and public access to and through Nottingham. More information on the Local Access Forum.

Report a Problem

If you believe there is a problem on any path that you consider to be a public right of way, such as an obstruction or the condition of the path in general, then we would like to hear from you. Please call 0115 876 5246 or email john.lee@nottinghamcity.gov.uk


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