Definitive Map and Statement, Notices and Registers
The Definitive Map is the legal
record describing the position and status of every public right of
way in Kent. It will tell you whether you are able to use a
particular route and whether there are any restrictions on its
The Definitive Map is accompanied by a Definitive Statement
which lists all of the routes shown on the map, and includes a
description for each entry.
The Definitive Map and Statement together are conclusive
evidence that a public right of way exists. The
information contained within both these documents is supplied to
Survey, who use it to show public rights of way on
Who is the Definitive Map and Statement for?
The Definitive Map can be viewed by everybody but may be
particularly appropriate for:
- planners and developers
- those buying or selling land
- anyone who needs to know the legal status and position of a
public right of way.
Where to find the Definitive Map and Statement
The Definitive Map and Statement can be viewed at Invicta House,
County Hall, Maidstone. The map and statement can be viewed from
Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. Please call 01622 221568 to
arrange a viewing but please book a week in advance.
How to add, remove or divert public rights of way
Applications can be made to change the network. If you would
like to add, remove or divert a public right of way, you need to
submit a formal application.
For more information, visit changing the network.
For more information about current applications, visit our
statutory registers and current
Gating Orders were introduced in 2006 to allow public highways
to be gated. This could be to prevent crime or anti-social
behaviour, either on the highway or premises adjacent to it. View
the register of applications for Gating Orders.
Freedom of information publication scheme
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires us to produce
and maintain a Publication Scheme. For a full list of the
Countryside Access Services charges, including those within the
Publication Scheme, please view the
Schedule of Charges (PDF, 23k). For further information about
the Publication Scheme, please see the Freedom of Information publication scheme