Fees & Costs
The Local Authorities (Recovery of Costs for Public Path Orders) Regulations 1993 SI 1993 NO 407, provides councils with the power to charge in respect of the making and confirmation of Public Path Orders. Authorities may charge for the administrative costs incurred and the amount charged must not exceed the costs actually expended. In the case of opposed orders, a charge may be made only for the costs up to the point where the order is submitted to the Secretary of State and, where such orders are subsequently confirmed, in advertising that confirmation. Please note the County Council will only consider waiving the fee where the proposal offers very substantial public benefit or where a diversion would benefit the County Council by removing or reducing a bridging or other significant obligation. No charge is made for considering whether an application can be accepted.
The costs associated with making a Public Path Order are as follows:
Public Path Order Fee
- £1,700 in respect of the administrative costs incurred in the making of an order (payable when order made).
- Fees for two notices placed in a local newspaper:
when order made (payable when order made).
when order confirmed/certified (payable upon confirmation and certification).
- *NB: A further notice may be required to advertise the coming into operation of a new route if it is not feasible to specify a completion date for works in the order.
Provision of New Route
- All costs incurred in bringing the new route into a fit condition for public use in accordance with the agreed Schedule of Works
The applicant will be required to confirm their agreement to the above charges when completing the application form. No VAT is payable in respect of either the fee or the advertising costs.