Public rights of way: creation orders and agreements
Local authorities are able to enter into an agreement with landowners to dedicate a public right of way (PRoW) over their land for public use. This type of agreement is known as a Public Path Creation Agreement (or simply a “Creation Agreement").
The local authority can alternatively seek to create a new PRoW by applying for a Public Path Creation Order (or a “Creation Order”), which would not require the landowner’s agreement.
This business guide explains both Creation Agreements and Creation Orders.
New PRoW’s can also be created based on the public’s long use of a route, but that is explored in our Business Guides:
- 401E: “Public rights of way: preventing new rights of way arising through long use in England”; and
- 401W: “Public rights of way: preventing new rights of way arising through long use in Wales”.
For information on the reinstatement (rather than creation) of historic rights of way, please see of Business Guide 402: “Public Rights of Way: applications for rights to be reinstated based on historical evidence”.