We provide a range of reports to give sellers, purchasers and lenders more assurance in property transactions.
You should request reports at the earliest possible stage in a transaction.
Our reports can identify any problems with your subjects before you begin the registration process.
This will reduce the likelihood of us rejecting your application.
A report will provide reassurance that the person you are dealing with has title to the subjects. It will also show if they have an entry in the Register of Inhibitions (ROI).
You can apply for reports through our online portal.
Once your application is complete you’ll be able to view, save and print your report.
A plans report is appropriate when a plot of land is being registered for the first time in the land register. The report reduces the chance of rejection. It identifies conflicting registrations and deficiencies in plans before submission.
Plans reports support applications for first registration. A report over registered subjects may be appropriate in limited circumstances. For example, where parties wish to ensure that the extent of a proposed transfer of part falls entirely within a parent title.
Plans reports are not required for transactions over wholly registered titles.
The decision to request either a level 1, 2 or 3 plans report is dependent upon the quantity of information you wish to receive.
A level 1 report:
- Is a basic competition report
- Confirms whether the submitted plan or description meets our keeper's deed plan criteria
- Provides a list of any cadastral units which conflict with the subjects of the report
The report also provides a list of cadastral units with relevant non-conflicting information from the cadastral map that affects the subjects of the report, such as rights of access and burdens.
This will not be done for a report over registered subjects as these will already be noted in the title sheet.
Note - no plan is created for this report
A Level 2 report:
- Provides all the information of a level 1 report
- Advises whether the subjects extent corresponds with the relevant features as defined on the current version of the Ordnance Survey map
- Provides an illustrated extract showing any discrepancies with the OS map
Note - a plan is only created to show overlaps/shortfalls. No competitions are shown on the plan
A Level 3 report:
- Provides all the information of a level 1 and level 2 report
- Discloses conflicts with existing cadastral units, including an illustrative print showing the extent of the competition
- Discloses registered shared areas which affect the subjects and provides an illustrative print identifying the affected extent
All plans reports come with the option of one free continuation report.
A continuation report provides an update to the original report. It can be ordered any time within 6 months of the initial report.
We only issue one continuation report in respect of each previously issued plans report.
Plans reports - extra information
To help applications be quickly processed, you should submit a plan or bounding description to compare the area with the OS map.
You should use the additional information field of the application form to specify the extent to be compared.
If there are multiple plans references, you should use this field should to specify how the different references relate to the subjects.
If it's more appropriate to provide a copy of a prior deed containing a bounding description, you should use the additional information field to clarify which subjects are to be considered.
The relevant descriptions should be highlighted or otherwise indicated on the copy deed provided.
Reports over Registered Titles
A plans report is not required for subjects already registered in the land register if the existing title shows competition.
Plans reports assist in identifying potential problems with title extent. Here the problem is already known and is evident from the face of the title sheet. A plans report adds no value.
If two registered titles were in competition before the introduction of the 2012 Act, and one title is transacted upon after the introduction of the Act, this will not result in a rejection.
The updated title will continue to reflect the competition.
If a request for a level 3 plans report could be considered complex (e.g. over 25 hectares, or an arbitrary shape not following OS features) then digital data may be required to complete the request.
Digital data should be forwarded to email@example.com quoting your request number. You should provide digital data at the time you submit your request where possible.
If no digital data is submitted, we may reduce the report to a level 1.
If your report application includes servitude or ancillary areas, we'll complete a level 1 report for these.
We'll confirm if the plan is suitable for registration and note any registered cadastral units that may be affected by the servitude or ancillary areas.
Please note that the report won't comment on verbally described servitudes. It is the responsibility of the submitting parties to ensure such servitudes meet registration requirements.
Our legal reports give you and your client reassurance that the person you are transacting with has title and is not affected by an entry in the ROI.
Legal Report – Unregistered Land
This report should precede applications for first registration. It discloses undischarged standard securities affecting the subjects within the last 40 years.
The report also discloses:
- discharges of securities within the last 5 years
- any adverse entries in the ROI
- any extant advance notices or caveats
- the prescriptive progress of title for the preceding 10 years
Legal Report – Registered Land
This report should precede applications for registration over registered subjects.
It discloses any deeds registered affecting the subjects after the date of registration.
The report also discloses:
- any deeds currently in the registration process that may affect the subjects
- any adverse entries in the ROI
- any extant advance notices or caveats
Legal Report - Continuation
This report provides an update on previously issued legal reports. The continuation report is available for a period of 6 months from the date of the original report.
We don’t charge for the first continuation report requested after the original report.
Cost £25 for each continuation report after the first
Legal reports - additional information
We will disclose advance notices affecting the subjects in legal reports over registered and unregistered land.
When the request for a report does not use our diary service, we will aim to issue legal reports within 24 hours of receipt.
We can't delay dispatch of reports on the possibility of any future registration activity, such as the recording of an advance notice.
If you need an update of the title position after the certification of your report, a continuation report will provide the information.
In respect of transfer of part applications, a plans report will disclose the existence of any extant advance notice affecting the subjects.
Reports will be certified to the end of the working day immediately preceding the date of dispatch. For example, a report completed on Tuesday 12 March would reveal an advance notice recorded on Monday 11 March.
Competing titles - legal
The issue of competition affects a very small number of titles in the land register. Through completion of the land register these titles will be identified and the matter resolved.
The position on competition will be clear from the existing 1979 Act title sheets. The existence of the competition is disclosed in the Proprietorship section.
We will exclude indemnity , based on the order of registration. The issue of competition would generally only become clear when registering the second title.
The position will be clear from a legal report and also from the title sheet when exhibited to the seller.
Combined legal and plans reports
You can reduce the cost of obtaining reports by ordering a combined legal and plans report.
Combined Legal and Plans - Level 1
A combined legal and plans level 1 report for unregistered properties.
Combined Legal and Plans - Level 2
A combined legal and plans level 2 report for unregistered properties.
Combined Legal and Plans - Level 3
A combined legal and plans level 3 report for unregistered properties.
You can apply through our online portal by completing the relevant fields of the appropriate form.
For our plans reports, we need a full bounding description of the subjects and/or an upload of the plan in PDF format.
If it's not possible to upload a PDF of the plan, you can send a paper copy by post or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know in the additional information field of the application form if you'll be sending additional information by email or post.
We offer a diary service, allowing you to request a specific completion date for your report or continuation report.
When applying for a plans report, we will send an acknowledgement to the submitting email address.
The acknowledgement will include an approximate timescale for completion. If you selected a diary date, the timescale indicated will begin from the selected date.
If a report is complex, the timescale for completion may be greater than the dates mentioned in the acknowledgement.
On receiving your report
Not every report shows agreement between the subjects and the OS map. Here's what you can do in some common scenarios.
Registering the legal extent of your subjects
Reports can show if the legal extent is smaller or larger than the occupied extent.
If no conflicting cadastral units exist, no further action is necessary. The application for registration will be acceptable and will proceed against the legal extent.
One of the key conditions of registration, as specified in section 23(1)(b) of the 2012 Act, is that any deed must be valid. The Keeper will proceed with an application on the understanding that the applicant has satisfied themselves that the seller has right and title to grant.
Registering the occupied extent of your subjects
Reports can show if the occupied extent is smaller or larger than the legal extent.
With a smaller legal extent, you can apply in the normal manner if the parties consider that the granter has a valid title to an area which appears to go beyond that defined in the descriptive title deed.
The disposition submitted for registration must include the area in question. This requires incorporating a new deed plan into the disposition submitted for registration.
Registration limiting title to the occupied extent, when the legal extent is larger, will be acceptable.
The deed submitted for registration should convey only the area of ground for which registration is sought. To meet the requirements of section 23(1)(c) of the 2012 Act, it may be necessary to incorporate a prepared plan into the deed submitted for registration.
If you are content to register while excluding the area of conflict, then an application on that basis will be acceptable.
The deed submitted for registration should only convey the area of ground for which registration is sought.
To meet the requirements of section 23(1)(c) of the 2012 Act, it may be necessary to incorporate a prepared plan into the deed submitted for registration.
Where you wish to include the area of conflict, we will need remedial action. There are two main requirements under the 2012 Act relating to the cadastral map:
- The deed in question must be capable of enabling the Keeper to plot the subjects on to the cadastral map
- The property extent in question must not overlap with an existing registered title
In the event that either need is not met, the Keeper must reject the application.
The above requirements must be met at the date the application is submitted.
The register will need to be rectified before submission of your application.
The boundaries don't match the OS map
If you think the OS map is wrong, you should include information to this effect with your application. The Keeper will consider matters on receipt of the application.
Despite any discrepancy between legal extent and the boundaries defined on the OS map, if the Keeper can plot the subjects on the cadastral map then registration can proceed.
Section 11(7) of the 2012 Act provides that the Keeper will update and make consequential changes in the register and cadastral map as and when the base map is updated.
Important copyright information
Ordnance Survey data is subject to Crown Copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the prior written permission of Ordnance Survey.
In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Keeper will treat applications on the basis that the applicant has satisfied themselves that the requisite permissions have been obtained.
Plan assistance service
Our plan assistance service uses advanced geo-spatial software. It translates information from your deeds onto a plan suitable for registration.
- confirms ownership information and highlights potential extent problems ahead of registration
- provides a mapped interpretation from sasine titles which meets RoS deed plan criteria
To use this service, or if you are looking for further information, please email email@example.com
As a bespoke product, each service will be unique and vary in complexity. Our experts will agree a timescale for completion with you upon application.
Find out more about the plan assistance service.