Byelaws Review

Byelaws Review

The public consultation on the draft proposed byelaws ended on 1 November 2021 and attracted more than 3,500 responses.

During that time a wide range of people, groups, organisations and partners, submitted valuable feedback on the proposals.

These responses will be evaluated and considered ahead of further reports to Authority for further consideration, likely to happen in early 2022.

The byelaws are in place to protect the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park including its wildlife, habitats, cultural heritage, archaeology, and the livestock that graze the commons.

The current set of byelaws relating to access land on Dartmoor were adopted in 1989 and are therefore over 30 years old.

The review, agreed by Authority at its meeting held in public on 3 September, aims to ensure the byelaws are updated to be:

  • Relevant and proportionate for modern society
  • Clear and easy to understand
  • Cover the right activities and areas
  • Complement other powers and legislation.

What changes are being proposed?

View a side-by-side comparison of the existing and proposed byelaws (PDF) or the full draft byelaws.

View the proposed changes to the camping map.

Find out which areas of land the byelaws apply to (PDF).

Read our FAQs