Rights of Way

Rights of Way searches

What is a Rights of Way search?

A rights of way search will identify recorded public rights of way over a particular area of land. We charge a fee for this service. We will also check whether the land is affected by an application to amend the definitive map.

What do I get for my search?

We will normally reply by 1st class post, within seven working days. We will either confirm that no public rights of way are recorded over the search area, or provide a plan showing the public rights of way which cross, or run next to, your search area. In this case we will also tell you the status and identification number of the path(s) and state in simple terms what rights the public has over the path(s) shown on the search.


For searches taking less than one hour our fee is £49.50. Most searches relating to domestic property take less than an hour. For large areas you can request an estimate prior to the start of work. Subsequent time will be charged at £49.50 per hour.

How can I undertake a search?

  • Send your request by post, marked Searches to: Countryside Access Team, Culture, Communities and Business Services, Hampshire County Council, Room 0.01, Castle Avenue, Winchester SO23 8UL
  • Enclose an Ordnance Survey based plan showing the exact boundary of the area of land you wish to search. A Land Registry plan is ideal.
  • Enclose your cheque for £49.50 (payable to Hampshire County Council).

We are currently unable to perform searches over the telephone or by email.

Fees for Highways Statements and Declarations under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and for Landowner Statements under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006

If you wish to submit a highway statement and declaration under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, and/or a Landowner Statement under Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006, this will incur a fee.

Following a review of charges, the initial fee for submitting any combination of these documents is now £347, based on an estimated minimum of six hours’ work. If you have any questions you are advised to contact us on 0300 555 1391.

Where a deposit includes a large acreage or number of separate plots, there will be an additional charge at the standard hourly rate. We can provide an estimate of what this charge is likely to be when we first receive your deposit.  

Please submit your documents made under Section 31(6) or Section 15A(1) direct to the Countryside Access Team, at the address given above.  

See 'Protecting your land' for information about these documents and information on how they should be prepared.

If you wish to visit our office to look at our working copy of the Definitive Map and Statement, please give us at least 24 hours notice by email at countryside@hants.gov.uk or telephone 01962 847354 to make an appointment.

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