Guidance

Detailed guidance on applications, plans and fees for the Land Register of Scotland.

Pre-registration

Guides and checklists to help with your application for registration.

Advance notices
An advance notice provides protection for a deed intended to be registered in the Land Register.

Application checklist
What you need to include with your land register application.

Application form
A step-by-step guide to filling out the land register application form.

Arbitral awards
Plots awarded through arbitration are sometimes capable of registration on the land register.

Deed plan criteria
Advice, requirements and examples to help you create a plan for your deed.

Digital data
Guidelines for including digital data in your application for registration, including file formats and labelling.

Duty of care
Parties must take reasonable care not to make the land register inaccurate.

Fees
A rundown of what we charge for accessing and recording in our registers.

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax
You'll need to pay this tax before your property can be registered.

Offences relating to applications
Guidance on offences in relation to applications for registration.

One-shot rule checklist
A checklist to help you avoid the most common reasons for the rejection of applications.

Prescriptive claimants
Circumstances and evidence required for the registration of a disposition a non domino.

Registrable deeds
A list of registrable deeds, with guidance on what to do if your deed's not on the list.

Reports
We provide mapping and legal reports to give you additional assurance in your transactions.

The one-shot rule
Our registration requirements and a list of common reasons for rejection.

Post-registration

Guides to help with your application after registration.

Archive record
We archive copies of all documents submitted to us as part of our statutory requirements.

Compensation
If you suffer a loss as a result of certain events, you may be able to claim compensation.

Competing titles
Two competing title sheets cannot cover the same area of land.

Duty of care
Parties must take reasonable care not to make the land register inaccurate.

Extracts, certified copies and plain copies
Extracts and certified copies of documents in our register carry evidential status.

Inaccuracy and rectification
We have a duty to rectify inaccuracies in the land register where we're able to do so.

Mapping conventions
We use a range of colour references and conventions when we map plots.

Offences relating to applications
Guidance on offences in relation to applications for registration.

Realignment of rights
Property rights are realigned by operation of law in certain circumstances.

Warranty
Warranty over registered titles can be subject to exclusions, extensions and variations.

Mapping

Guidance and information to help you describe your plot in your application for registration.

Common areas: mapping requirements
Common areas sometimes can’t be mapped due to vague descriptions in prior deeds.

Deed plan criteria
Advice, requirements and examples to help you create a plan for your deed.

Digital data
Guidelines for including digital data in your application for registration, including file formats and labelling.

Encumbrances and the cadastral map
We sometimes require applicants to show the extent of an encumbrance on the cadastral map.

Extent of plot
Deeds must sufficiently describe the plot for us to delineate its boundaries on the cadastral map.

Extracts, certified copies and plain copies
Extracts and certified copies of documents in our register carry evidential status.

Mapping conventions
We use a range of colour references and conventions when we map plots.

Natural water boundaries
Boundaries formed by natural water features are liable to movement over time.

New plan requirements
A quick reference guide listing the 7 key requirements for creating new plans for property registration.

Seabed and land covered by water
Registration requirements for territorial seabed and other land covered by water.

Shared and sharing plots
Shared plots have separate title sheets and cadastral units from principal, or sharing plots.

Tenements and other flatted buildings
Tenements are a limited exception to the ‘no registration without mapping’ rule.

The cadastral map
The cadastral map shows the totality of registered real rights in land in Scotland.

Information and fees

Find out about notifications and costs associated with the land register.

Arbitral awards
Plots awarded through arbitration are sometimes capable of registration on the land register.

Archive record
We archive copies of all documents submitted to us as part of our statutory requirements.

Extracts, certified copies and plain copies
Extracts and certified copies of documents in our register carry evidential status.

Fees
A rundown of what we charge for accessing and recording in our registers.

Mapping conventions
We use a range of colour references and conventions when we map plots.

Notifications
We have a duty to notify certain people in certain situations.

Requisitions
We have limited scope to make requisitions in applications for registration.

Transitional provisions
Provisions governing the changes to Scotland's land registration system under the 2012 Act.

Inaccuracy and compensation

Guidance on dealing with inaccuracies in titles in the land register.

Arbitral awards
Plots awarded through arbitration are sometimes capable of registration on the land register.

Caveats
A caveat functions as a warning of ongoing court action on a property.

Compensation
If you suffer a loss as a result of certain events, you may be able to claim compensation.

Competing titles
Two competing title sheets cannot cover the same area of land.

Duty of care
Parties must take reasonable care not to make the land register inaccurate.

Inaccuracy and rectification
We have a duty to rectify inaccuracies in the land register where we're able to do so.

Offences relating to applications
Guidance on offences in relation to applications for registration.

Prescriptive claimants
Circumstances and evidence required for the registration of a disposition a non domino.

Realignment of rights
Property rights are realigned by operation of law in certain circumstances.

Warranty
Warranty over registered titles can be subject to exclusions, extensions and variations.

Rights and burdens

Information on encumbrances, rights and title conditions.

Encumbrances and off-register rights
Some encumbrances must be included on the title sheet, and need to be included in applications for registration.

Realignment of rights
Property rights are realigned by operation of law in certain circumstances.

Rights and the title sheet
There are two main categories of right that can be entered in a title sheet.

Shared and sharing plots
Shared plots have separate title sheets and cadastral units from principal, or sharing plots.

Title conditions
Certain provisions have altered our approach in relation to title conditions.

Leases

Find out about long leases, and when registration of a lease can lead to registration of a plot.

Leases and automatic plot registration
Circumstances in which registration of a lease will lead to automatic plot registration.

Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012
The Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012 converted certain ultra-long leases into ownership.

Crofting

Guidance covering crofting and land registration.

Crofting and the land register
Areas in which crofting tenure may be relevant to land registration.

Register of Deeds

You can register deeds for safekeeping, or for preservation and execution.

Register of Deeds
You can register deeds for safekeeping and execution.

Voluntary registration

Supporting guidance for the voluntary registration of land and property.

Voluntary registration guide
A step-by-step guide on voluntary registration for land and property owners in Scotland

Voluntary registration specific criteria
Registration guidance criteria specific to voluntary registration.

Development Plan Approval

DPA for architects
The key requirements for data to accompany Development Plan Approval applications.

DPA in the conveyance
Guidance on how to describe a DPA subject in the conveyance.