Public rights of way must remain open and free from obstruction at all times and may not be closed or access restricted without authorisation from us. Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) can be made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and can be temporary or permanent.
Authorisation for a temporary TRO may or may not be granted depending on all the circumstances, therefore it is important that you apply as far as possible in advance of when you think you will need it.
Temporary TROs usually involve the temporary closure of a public right of way. We may authorise the closure of a public right of way if we are satisfied that:
- works are proposed to be carried out on or near the public right of way
- there is a potential danger to the public or of serious damage to the public right of way
- closure is necessary to allow for litter clearing or cleaning
Suffolk County Council can authorise the closure of a public right of way (or part of a public right of way) for up to 6 months using a legal order. If longer than 6 months is needed, an application must be made to the Secretary of State for the Environment for an extension. This application must be made in good time before the original closure expires and there will be an additional fee.
If a path is to be closed temporarily, notices will be posted at the entry points and where possible an alternative route will be described.
View a list of the temporary TROs currently in force in Suffolk.
In an emergency situation a public right of way can be closed using an Emergency Closure Notice. This allows a path to be closed for:
- up to 5 days for works being carried out on or near the public right of way and/or litter clearing and cleaning
- up to 21 days because there is a potential danger to the public or serious damage to the public right of way
An emergency notice should only be used for unforeseen circumstances, for example emergency safety works due to a collapsed bridge. It must not be used to close paths where works have been planned in advance.
Our fees for processing temporary closure applications are as follows:
- Closure of up to 6 months: £970
- Application to the Secretary of State for an extended closure: £600
- Emergency closure: £600
For orders relating to multiple paths the fees may be higher than those set out above.
Apply for a temporary closure
To apply for a temporary closure, you will need to download our application form (PDF, 169KB).
Please complete the form in as much detail as possible and return it to the appropriate Area Rights of Way Office.
|Rights of Way team||Telephone||Address|
|East Areaemail@example.com||0345 606 6171||Suffolk HighwaysSuffolk County CouncilBlyth Road Industrial EstateHalesworthIP19 5EN|
|West Areafirstname.lastname@example.org||0345 606 6171||Suffolk HighwaysSuffolk County CouncilRougham Industrial EstateRoughamIP30 9ND|
Please note you do not need to send payment in advance as an invoice will be sent to you.
Permanent TROs are used to prohibit use by certain categories of user where a route is not suitable for use by all traffic. For example, to prohibit motor vehicles on a byway open to all traffic where they would otherwise have legally been allowed, but in reality the route on the ground may not be suitable for that kind of use.
Public rights of way affected by a permanent TRO are clearly indicated by signs at the entry points to the route.
View a list of the permanent TROs in force in Suffolk, and links to the associated maps.