Landowner deposits (Commons Act 2006)

There are no longer fees for posting notices for a Section 31(6) landowner deposit made under the Highways Act 1980. However, if you include a village greens application under the Commons Act 2006 you will be charged for notices being placed up on site. Please contact defmap@kierwsp.co.uk about this before making an application.

New legislation came into force on 1 October 2013 which made changes to the way in which landowners make deposits under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980.

The changes include:

  • The requirement for landowners to complete an application form instead of a statement and statutory declaration.
  • The introduction of a reasonable fee for processing deposits. These fees are set out in guidance notes available from Highways Northamptonshire.
  • The increase of the deposit renewal period from 10 to 20 years (for deposits submitted after 1 October 2013).

In addition there is the provision within the application form to make a combined deposit providing evidence to negative claims for Public Rights of Way (under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980) and Town and / or Village Greens claims (under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006).

To make a landowner deposit please read the guidance notes and then complete and return the application form, both of which can be found on the Northamptonshire Highways section of the website:

Make a landowner deposit application

Alternatively, if you have already made an application under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 and you have received a letter from the Commons Registration Authority (CRA) notifying you of a fee which is now due, please use the form below to pay the amount online:

Pay for Commons Registration Authority notice posting
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