Cookies
We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. You are free to manage this via your browser setting at any time or through the find out more link.
Close
Find out more
Cookie Portal
Manage and find out more about the cookies used on this website.
View Cookie Settings
Read Cookie Policy

Accept All Cookies and Close
Close Without Saving
< Back
This website has 4 types of cookies:
Your preferences will not take affect until the "save and close" button is clicked. To view our cookie policy please click here.
Strictly Necessary Cookies Used to help you move around the site and use its features. Without these cookies, it will be very hard to use the website.
Analytical/Performance Cookies Used to anonymously track visitors around the website so that we can improve your experience.
Functional Cookies Allows the website to remember your preferences and personalised your experience.
Targeted Marketing Cookies Allows adverts you see to be targeted to you and your interests.
Save and Close
< Back
< Back
Cookie Policy
< Back

Landowner Deposits 

Landowner Deposits (made under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980)

Land can be recorded as highway on the definitive map on the basis of “presumed dedication”. This means that if the public has used land as a path without force, secrecy or permission for 20 years and the landowner did not interrupt that use, it could give rise to the presumption that the land is highway.

A landowner can deposit a highway statement and map which acknowledge whether any paths have already been dedicated across his land as highway. If any path does exist across their land, they must indicate in the highways statement what types of path they are and show on the map where on their land they are located.

Landowners may then within 20 years of the statement lodge a highways declaration that confirms that they did not dedicate any additional paths over the land, or only those mentioned in the declaration. By completing both steps the landowner confirms their intention not to dedicate any paths. Declarations do not affect anything which took place prior to the deposit of a statement.

These deposits follow the same procedure as Landowner Statements made under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 (for town and village green purposes) and both are submitted on the same form known as a CA16. For further information on how to submit an application please see our Highway Records page.