Local land charges

Commons and towns or village greens register

The register is kept in the Local Land Charges Office and is open for inspection by any member of the public during reasonable office hours. There is no charge for this service.

What is Common Land?

In general terms, common land is owned by one person over which another person is entitled to exercise rights of common (such as grazing animals or cutting bracken for livestock bedding), and these rights are generally exercisable in common with others.

The Commons Registration Act 1965 introduced the first statutory definition of the term "common land" but this is strictly relevant only for the purpose of deciding whether the land was or was not eligible for registration under the Act. The Act stated that common land was "land subject to rights of common (as defined in {the} Act) whether those rights are exercisable at all times or only during limited periods; and waste land of a manor not subject to rights of common."

Please note: The Common Land Question is now question 22 on the Con 29 (O) form.

For further information contact the Local Land Charges Unit.

Last Updated: 20/10/2016