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Deposits of Statements, Maps and Declarations by landowners

Landowners can acknowledge the existence of certain public rights of way across their land to prevent new ones being created.

This is under Section 31 (6) of the Highway Act 1980 - Deposit of Statement, Maps and Declaration.

'Presumed dedication' is when new public rights of way are created following use of the route by members of the public, usually for a period of twenty years or more. A deposit/declaration will not prevent the creation of rights of way that may already exist through an earlier twenty years of use or documentary evidence.


Please see the landowner statements, highways statements and declarations form on making an application. The application form should be returned by post (a signed paper copy is required). This can also be submitted jointly as a landowner village green statement.


    Deposit typeCost
    Highways deposit of less than 200 hectares£185
    Highways deposit of more than 200 hectares£185 + £37 an hour
    Joint Highways and Village Green deposit£247

    Please contact us for the correct fee for your application.

    Contact us
    Contact Access and Rights of Way
    03000 265 342
    Our address is:
    • Neighbourhoods and Climate Change
    • Durham County Council
    • St Johns Road
    • Meadowfield
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH7 8XQ

    Contact Common land and village greens
    03000 269 712
    Our address is:
    • Democratic Services
    • County Hall
    • Durham
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH1 5UL