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Public rights of way

There are two types of public rights of way – footpaths, for use by walkers; and bridleways, for use by walkers, equestrians and cyclists.

Public rights of way

We are required to maintain an up-to-date definitive map of public rights of way.

The map shows paths that are known to legally exist. However, paths not shown on the map may also be public rights of way.

List of streets

Some paths are also included in our list of streets which can be found through the quick links above.

Web mapping system

View our web mapping system using the quick link above.

Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 (‘the Act’) provides a way for landowners to protect their land from public rights of way coming into existence across it as a result of public use. It requires a map and statement to be deposited with the council, outlining the extent of the land in their ownership and showing the existing public rights of way and highways which cross it. Guidance on the process and the CA16 application form are available on the government website.

The Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) and Dedicated Highways (Landowner Statements and Declarations) (England) Regulations 2013 allows the council to require land owner declarations to be accompanied by a fee. Details of the current fee can be found in our Minor Fees and Charges For Transportation Services.

Section 31A of the Act requires the council to keep an online and paper register of declarations lodged under s31(6) of the Act. The paper register can be inspected free of charge at City Hall by prior appointment.

Further information or deposits should be addressed to:

You can find these applications at the bottom of this page. 

Under section 53B of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 the council is required to keep a register of all applications for a Definitive Map Modification Order. This register must be made available to the public. The register lists applications submitted to the council where the appropriate legal notices have been served and displayed.

You can find these applications at the bottom of this page.

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If you have any questions or concerns about transport or streets in Leicester please get in touch using the details below.

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