Enforcement: common offences and nuisances from first report to conclusion

9.30 to 1 both days

Virtual by Microsoft Teams

Enforcement is an essential duty of the council but can be considered to be adversarial or requiring specialist knowledge. This course covers the common situations that may require enforcement, the powers available and procedure to follow so that action is appropriate, proportionate and most likely to generate future compliance and cooperation. It aims to equip rights of way officers with the ability to ensure they follow good practice for the optimum outcome — compliance by the land holder and an open right of way — and the confidence to achieve it.

Main topics

  • Elements of an offence
  • Use of statutory and common law powers
  • A timeline of an offence, what to do and when
  • Gaining compliance without court action

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of the duties and powers available
  • Familiarity with methods and procedure
  • Recognition of pitfalls and the need for correct practice
  • Appreciation of use of policy, procedure and protocol for success


Intermediate. The course is designed for council officers with at least foundation knowledge of public rights of way law and required to assert and protect rights of way. It builds on the foundation of the enforcement module in the Law and Practice foundation course.


Graham Rusling, Public Rights of Way Service Manager, Kent County Council

Kevin Moore, Rights of Way Enforcement Officer, Hertfordshire County Council


Members £253, non-members £373 (+VAT)


Microsoft Teams is the software used for training which is available to anyone. Using the app is strongly recommended for full functionality as the web browser version may be missing some facilities, although full participation should be possible, use of some apps within Teams may be limited by participating organisation's protocols.


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