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Applying for a ban or restriction on off-road traffic

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

You can apply for a ban or restriction on the use of motor vehicles in certain land areas or ice-covered water areas.

A ban or restriction may be issued if the use of motor vehicles causes harm on the land area or ice-covered water area. The harm may concern nature or other environment, natural sources of livelihood, public recreational use or other public or private interest.

Apply for the ban or restriction from the ELY Centre where the area referred to in the proposal is located.

Do the following

Apply for a ban or restriction from the ELY Centre of the region where the proposed area is.

The application is free form but must include:

  • the name of the sender and contact details necessary to deal with the matter,
  • the area for which the ban or restriction is sought, presented on a map of appropriate scale,
  • the period of validity of the ban or restriction,
  • the grounds for the ban or restriction, and
  • other matters necessary for the consideration of the matter.

Send the application preferably electronically as an attachment to the ELY Centre’s general online form. You can also print the application and send it to the ELY Centre registry by post.

To whom and on what terms

The municipality or a member of the municipality concerned, a reindeer herding community or an authority, organisation or landowner concerned can propose the ban or restriction.

Both positive and negative decisions are subject to a fee. The fee is determined in accordance with the government decree on the ELY Centres’, TE Offices’ and the KEHA Centre’s services subject to a fee, which is valid at the time the proposal is initiated.

A fee is charged for the service.

Both positive and negative decisions are subject to a fee. The fee is determined in accordance with the government decree on the ELY Centres’, TE Offices’ and the KEHA Centre’s services subject to a fee, which is valid at the time the proposal is initiated.

Basic information

The service is provided byELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for South Savo, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, ELY Centre for Häme
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 15/12/2021