Register of Statutory Declarations under S31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and S15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006

S31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 allows a landowner to deposit a map and statement showing any public rights of way over their land.

For the deposited map and statement to serve their purpose, a statutory declaration should afterwards be made, either affirming no (additional) public rights of way or greens have been dedicated, or otherwise describing what has been dedicated and where.

The landowner or his or her agent must continue to deposit further declarations at intervals not exceeding twenty years if the original deposit of map and statement is not to lapse.

You can download our register of statutory declarations [PDF, 350Kb]. (The PDF contains tables that are not accessible. If you require this document in a different format, please contact us)

Section 15 of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 inserts sections 15A and 15B into the 2006 Commons Act to introduce landowners declarations with respect to greens.

They bring to an end any period of recreational use ‘as of right’ over land, with respect to green dedications.
The declarations apply retrospectively, so apply to the previous 20 years.

A landowner may also make a combined declaration relating to public rights of way AND commons and greens.

You can download our register of statements relating to commons and greens [PDF,61Kb].

Making a declaration

You will need to complete download and complete form CA16 [PDF, 30Kb] and return it to us.

We’ve included the DEFRA Guidelines for completion of the Form CA16 [PDF, 119Kb] to help you complete your form.

A fee of £255.00 is payable whenever an application is made to deposit a map and statement under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and/or section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006.

Notices will be placed on site by us, and we shall notify anyone who has indicated an interest in being kept informed of the lodging of statements.

If you would like to be notified when any declarations are lodged, please email us.

Public Rights of Way team

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01724 297000

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