Coronavirus Update

Last updated: 27 Mar 2020

National Park Authority

Our HQ at Parke and Visitor Centres are now closed to the public.

Most of our staff are now working from home. You can still reach us by phone or email in the usual way.

Contact us

All upcoming meetings, including Authority and Development Management, have been cancelled until further notice. We are currently looking at how we might host future meetings online.

Planning service

For the foreseeable future we will only be able to receive new planning applications electronically through the planning portal website. We will not be able to deal with planning applications that are received by post until further notice.

We will be continuing to validate and process applications where possible and will keep you informed where there are any problems or delays. See our planning advice page.

Enjoying Dartmoor

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March 2020, you should not be travelling to Dartmoor National Park.

You should stay at home:

  • Only go outside for food, medical reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

The Government have clarified that you should not be travelling to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or expecting to camp in the National Park, this is not allowed in vehicles or large tents.

Our car parks, toilets and visitor centres are now closed.

If you travel to visit the National Park you are putting the lives of our communities at risk and additional pressure on our health and other local services.

Government guidance is that you are allowed one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. You should do this from your home in the best way you can. Find out how you can exercise safely from home.

We look forward to welcoming you back when this pandemic is over. Until then we hope you understand our National Parks are living, working landscapes: the home to thousands of people and the factory floor for many farmers.  Please think of them and the pressure you can inadvertently place on local services.

Dartmoor Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is already impacting business on Dartmoor and has the potential to significantly impact our rural economy.

Whilst we as a National Park Authority are not in a position to provide legal advice or to provide public health advice, we can help share the various resources available for local businesses. These are available on the Business page.


We are currently seeking applications for a number of positions. Please submit your application to (please do not use the post) by the deadline as normal.

We have suspended our selection processes, including for the recently advertised Assistant Ranger position. We will contact applicants that are shortlisted directly when we are in a position to proceed.