This guidance contains information about the fees associated with land and property registration.
Deeds transferring the ownership of a property
Where the deed being registered transfers the ownership of a property, or is evidential to the transfer, then the fee that is payable is based on the consideration narrated in the deed or the value of the property (whichever is greater). The fee is calculated using the rates in table 1 below. These rates will apply to applications to register the following deeds:
- notice of title
- general vesting declaration
- statutory conveyance
Where an application for Voluntary Registration is submitted using the VR application type the fees specified in column 3 will apply.
|Consideration paid or value||Fee (£)||Voluntary registration fee (£)|
|0 - 50,000||70||52.50|
|50,001 - 100,000||130||97.50|
|100,001 - 150,000||250||187.50|
|150,001 - 200,000||370||277.50|
|200,001 - 300,000||490||367.50|
|300,001 - 500,000||610||457.50|
|500,001 - 700,000||730||547.50|
|700,001 - 1,000,000||850||637.50|
|1,000,001 - 2,000,000||1,010||757.50|
|2,000,001 - 3,000,000||3,010||2,257.50|
|3,000,001 - 5,000,000||5,010||3,757.50|
|5,000,001 or more||7,510||5,632.50|
Where the deed transferring land affects more than one title sheet, in addition to the fee specified in table 1, a fee of £70 is payable for each title sheet affected other than the first. This additional fee does not apply to shared plot title sheets or shared lease title sheets where the deed affects the sharing plot title sheet.
Where the consideration consists of a yearly or periodical payment, the consideration is calculated at 10 years purchase.
Granting or assigning a lease
Where the deed being registered is the grant of a new lease, sub-lease or is an assignation of an existing lease or sub-lease, the fee is calculated on the total of the consideration (if any) provided for in the deed plus 10 times the relevant rent. Relevant rent means the largest amount of annual rent a lease reserves within the first 10 years of its term that can be:
- quantified, or
- estimated, where that amount cannot be quantified,
at the date an application to register the grant of lease is made.
For example, for a new lease where the annual rent that would be payable in the first year of a lease would be £100 but the lease specifies that the rent that would be due on the 10th year of the lease would be £10,000 the fee would be based on 10 x £10,000.
For an assignation of lease, the fee would be calculated as above but using any new rental figures provided for by the assignation.
The fee payable is calculated using the rates specified in table 1.
Varying the terms of a lease
Where the deed being registered extends the duration or varies the terms of a lease without either
- extending the physical subjects, or
- assigning the interests in the lease,
this will incur a £70 registration fee.
Where the deed varies a registered lease to include additional areas of land or assigns the tenants interest in the lease, the keeper will treat this as a new grant of lease/assignation over the additional subjects and a full registration fee will be charged accordingly. The deed will be acceptable for registration provided (1) the essentials of a valid lease are identified (parties, rent, duration, property), (2) the deed is valid, and (3) the deed is registrable (i.e. the deed is self-proving and the remaining duration of the original lease is in excess of 20 years).
Dispositions evacuating and adding a survivorship destination
Where an application is made for registration of a disposition over a registered title, and the sole purpose of the disposition is to evacuate or add a survivorship destination and the name and designation of the proprietor remains the same the fee is £70 for each title sheet affected.
Where an application is made for registration of a disposition over an unregistered plot, with the sole purpose of evacuating a survivorship destination, the fee is based on the value of the land because a First Registration is taking place. The fee payable is calculated using the rates specified in column 1 of table 1.
Deeds where land is excambed or exchanged
For applications to register a deed where the land has been excambed, or exchanged, the fee is based on the value of the land. The fee payable is calculated using the rates specified in column 1 of table 1.
Where an application for voluntary registration is made under section 27 of the Act a reduced fee applies. The fee represents a 25% discount against the standard registration fee and is calculated on the value of the plot of land. The fee is at the rates shown in the 'Voluntary registration' column of table 1 above.
Where an application for voluntary registration under section 27 is entered in the application record on the same date as an application to register a standard security, and the standard security relates to the whole extent of the plot of land to be registered, no fee is payable in respect of the application for voluntary registration. A fee of £70 is still payable in respect of the standard security.
Where the standard security relates to only part of the plot of land to be voluntarily registered, the zero fee for voluntary registration does not apply and the discounted fee at the rate shown in the "Voluntary registration" column of table 1 above is payable.
The fee payable for an application to enter an advance notice in the application record is £20.
The fee payable for an application to discharge an advance notice entered in the application record is £20.
Heritable securities and other deeds
Where an application is made for registration of a deed that pertains to the constitution, discharge, transfer, variation, postponement or corroboration of a heritable security the fee is £70 for each title sheet affected.
Where an application is made using our digital discharge service to discharge a heritable security the fee is £60 (rather than £70).
Where an application is made for the registration of any other deed under section 21 of the Act (other than a receipt under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965) the fee is £70 for each title sheet affected.
No fee is payable in respect of an application for registration of a receipt under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965.
Application affecting multiple title sheets
Where an application to register a deed is made that affects two or more title sheets, in addition to the fees specified above, an additional fee of £70 is payable for every title sheet affected by the deed other than the first.
Withdrawal and rejection fee
Where an application is rejected under section 21(3) of the Act or withdrawn under section 34(1) of the Act, a fee of £30 is applied. This fee will be invoiced by RoS after the application has been returned to the submitting party. These fees are only payable for applications received by the keeper on and after 9th February 2015.
Where an application is made to:
- place a caveat on a title sheet,
- renew a caveat on a title sheet,
- restrict a caveat on a title sheet,
- recall a caveat on a title sheet, or
- discharge a caveat on a title sheet
a fee of £70 is payable.
View further guidance on caveats.
Application to vary warranty
Where an application is received, in respect of a registered plot of land, to request the Keeper to vary warranty under section 76(2) of the Act, the fee payable is £70.
Completion of title
Where the recording of a completion of title by decree or a notice of title is made, the fee is calculated on the value of the property to which the recording is made. The fee that is payable is calculated on the rates specified in column 1 of the table below.
|0 - 50,000||70|
|50,001 - 100,000||130|
|100,001 - 150,000||250|
|150,001 - 200,000||370|
|200,001 - 300,000||490|
|300,001 - 500,000||610|
|500,001 - 700,000||730|
|700,001 - 1,000,000||850|
|1,000,001 - 2,000,000||1,010|
|2,000,001 - 3,000,000||3,010|
|3,000,001 - 5,000,000||5,010|
|5,000,001 or more||7,510|
The fee payable for an application for recording an advance notice for first registration is £20.
The fee payable for an application recording a discharge of an advance notice in the Register of Sasines is £20.
The fee for recording any other deed in the Register of Sasines is £70 (other than a receipt under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 where no fee is payable).
Recording by memorandum
Where any deed is presented in the Register of Sasines for recording by memorandum in more than one county, a fee of £70 for each memorandum is payable.
Additional extract or plain copy
Where a deed is being recorded, in respect of an additional extract or plain copy requested at the date of the application for recording, the fee is £20 plus VAT.
The fees payable in relation to registering a document in the Chancery and Judicial Registers are specified in table 2 below.
|Register of Inhibitions||For each document||25|
|Register of Deeds and Probative Writs in the Books of Council and Session||For each document (including first extract)||20|
|Register of Protests||For each document (including first extract)||20|
|Register of Judgments||For each document (including first extract)||20|
|Register of the Great Seal||For a Charter of Incorporation||260|
|Register of the Great Seal||For a Commission||640|
|Register of the Cachet Seal||For each impression||40|
|Register of the Quarter Seal||For each gift of ultimus haeres or bona vacantia||140|
When a document is being registered in any of the Chancery and Judicial Registers, you can request an additional extract or plain copy at the date of registration for £20 plus VAT.
The Rules of the Court of Session provide for the keeper to issue certain types of certificate. The fee payable for each certificate issued in terms of these rules is £40.
The fees payable in relation to updating the registration schedule of a croft, common grazing or land held runrig in the Crofting Register are specified in table 3 below.
|Applications for registration and updating a registration schedule||Fee (£)|
|Registration of a croft under section 4(1) or (2) of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 ("the 2010 Act")||90|
|Updating the registration schedule of a registered croft following an event under section 5(1) of the 2010 Act||90|
|Registration of a common grazing under section 24(1)(a) or (b) of the 2010 Act||90|
|Updating the registration schedule of a registered common grazing under section 25(1) of the 2010 Act||90|
|Registration of land held runrig under section 32(1) of the 2010 Act||90|
|Updating the registration schedule of registered land held runrig following an event under section 32(5) of the 2010 Act||90|
|Registration of a croft under section 4(1) or (2) of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 ("the 2010 Act")||90|
|Requests for searches, reports, copies of documents or information||Fee (£)|
|Search request submitted by email or letter||8 plus VAT|
|Search request made in person at a Registers of Scotland Customer Service Centre||12 plus VAT|
|Copy registration schedule of a croft, common grazing or land held runrig||16 plus VAT|
|Office Copy of a registration schedule of a croft, common grazing or land held runrig||30 plus VAT|
|Copy of an Ordnance Survey map supplied for the purpose of registration||16 plus VAT|
|Information provided by the Keeper regarding the suitability of an applicant’s map for registration purposes||30 plus VAT|
The fees payable in relation to registering a tenant's interest in acquiring land in the Register of Community Interests in Land for the purposes of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 are specified in table 4 below.
|Initial registration of tenant's interest||40|
|Subsequent registration of an existing or previously registered interest||25|
The fees referred to in this guidance are provided for in The Registers of Scotland (Fees) Order 2014 and The Registers of Scotland (Voluntary Registration, Amendment of Fees etc) Order 2015 made under the powers in section 110 of the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012.