Land Manager Information

Suffolk County Council has adopted a Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the county. This is a ten year plan to improve our rights of way network and other countryside access. Two of the plan’s objectives are to ensure that rights of way are well maintained and signposted, and to develop a closer working relationship with land managers.    

In order to help achieve these objectives the county council has worked with a range of agricultural and access organisations (National Farmers Union, Country Landowners and Business Association, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, Suffolk Agriculture Association and Suffolk Local Access Forum) to revise the council’s enforcement procedures and develop land manager guidance on rights and responsibilities. 

New cross compliance requirements reinforce the important role that land managers play in managing our rights of way network. The new procedure and guidance clarifies how the county council will work with the Rural Payments Agency regarding cases of non-compliance. 

The Rights of Way Enforcement Procedure provides detailed information relating to: infringements (disturbance, obstructions and structures), the county council’s enforcement procedure for dealing with infringements and cross compliance.

The Rights of Way Enforcement Procedure (PDF, 151Kb)

The Land Manager’s Guide to rights of way is a leaflet which provides: a user friendly summary of the enforcement procedure, an overview of local authority, public and land manager responsibilities and other key information and contact details.

A Land Managers Guide to Rights of Way in Suffolk (PDF, 525k)

Copies of both publications can also be obtained by calling 0345 606 6171 or emailing

Tractor cab stickers can also be obtained by using the contact details given above.

Applying to put a structure on a public right of way

Suffolk County Council aims to have a network of public rights of way that are as free from barriers as possible and are easy to use by everyone. 

In practice, there are places where structures are needed by owners of agricultural land to control livestock.  The law understands this and makes provision for land managers to apply for authorisation for structures if it can be proved that they are needed and there is no reasonable alternative.

For further information about putting a gate or other structure on a public right of way please follow this link to the land managers guide to structures on public footpaths and bridleways.

Please follow this link to download an application form for authorisation to errect a gate or other structure.

Public rights of way that are affected by coastal or estuarine change.

Many rights of way run along coastal cliffs or on top of coastal or estuary flood defences. Several areas of the coast are vulnerable to erosion and rights of way have been, and will continue to be, lost.

Please follow this link to for guidance on public rights of way that are affected by coastal or estuarine change.


Please go to the Useful Links page for links to organisations with an interest in the countryside and public rights of way.