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

S31A(6) of the Highways Act 1980 allows a landowner to deposit a map and statement showing any public rights of way over their land.

A statutory declaration must follow, confirming that no additional public rights of way have been dedicated.

The landowner may continue to deposit similar declarations at intervals of twenty years or fewer.

You can download our register of statutory declarations [PDF, 159Kb].

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

They bring to an end any period of recreational use ‘as of right’ over land, and the registers in which they are to be recorded.
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, 19Kb].

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 £250 is payable when lodging any statement relating to a common or green.  The fee no longer applies to statements relating to public rights of way.  If it is a combined application, a fee of £250 is still payable.

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

Customer Contact Centre

01724 297000

Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm