Definitive Map Modification Orders

​Any person believing details contained within the Definitive Map or Statement to be incorrect may apply for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) which, if made and confirmed, will amend the map and statement to ensure that it is a correct record of the public rights of way. 

When can you apply for a DMMO?

The grounds to apply for a DMMO are that:

  • a right of way exists but is not shown on the Definitive Map and Statement      
  • a right of way shown on the Definitive Map and Statement with a particular status ought to be shown with a different status
  • a right of way shown on the Definitive Map and Statement does not exist and ought to be removed
  • any other particulars contained on the Definitive Map and Statement need modification (e.g. the width of a right of way)

Investigations into a claimed route are concerned with whether or not public rights exist. Issues of nuisance and desirability are not relevant to an application for a DMMO.   

Guidance and application forms

If you believe you have evidence to support an application for a DMMO (either based on historical evidence or use) please find below the guidance notes, should you wish to apply for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) Please email Defmap.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk to request copies of the forms required. Please let us know if you require an accessible version and we will supply this to you.

DMMO register

West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council are required to maintain a register of applications they receive for Definitive Map Modification Orders. The ranking of outstanding applications also appear on the register:

View the DMMO register