Voluntary Land Registration

Morton Fraser_Matthew Barclay
Matthew Barclay
06 December 2018

It is now a legal requirement for all land in Scotland to be entered onto the Land Register, with the intention for this to be completed by 2024. There is no requirement for owners to voluntarily register  their land. Instead, they can rely on the Registers of Scotland to complete the task for them in due course. However, the boundaries of rural land are often complex and the rights (and obligations) attached sometimes unclear, so the option of leaving a third party to determine these for the purpose of land registration may be unattractive. This is where we can help.

Registration of land brings:

  • Certainty as to boundaries;
  • Certainty as to the rights (and obligations) attached to land;
  • Certainty of ownership;
  • Protection of properly acquired informal rights; and
  • Protection of sporting and mineral rights.

Taking control of the registration process through voluntary registration ensures that owners have input and oversight over the form of application as presented to the Land Register.

Our competitive pricing structures allow us to be clear on the costs that you will incur throughout the stages of the voluntary registration process. Our team has extensive experience in the registration of both public and private land including the registration of, smallholdings, farms, crofts, large landed estates, high profile public buildings, salmon fishing rights and foreshore claims

If you wish to discuss voluntary land registration further, in to the context of a particular property or more generally, please contact Matthew using the form to the right or download our guide below.  


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