Land Registry Requirements

Requiring a Lease Plan or Title Plan may be commonplace for a Conveyancer or Estate Agent, however for most individuals it can come as a last-minute surprise and leave you asking, “what the heck is a compliant lease plan, where can I get one and what do they involve?”
 

At Lease Planners we try to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible for our clients. On this page we provide the helpful information you need to answer those questions and give some clarity regarding what is required.

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All areas included in the demise of the property should be clearly defined.

What is a Land Registry compliant plan?

This is the general term for the plans required to register or update a property at Land Registry and can encompass both Lease Plans and Title Plans depending on whether the property is Leasehold or Freehold.
 

If your property is Leasehold, you need a Land Registry compliant Lease Plan, whereas if your property is Freehold, you require a Land Registry compliant Title Plan.
 

All new leases with terms of 7 years or more, or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining, must be registered with Land Registry and to do that, a Lease Plan is mandatory.
 

The purpose of the Title Plan is to support the property description in the register by providing a graphic representation and identifying the general extent of the land in a registered title.
 

Essentially, these plans are required to accurately and clearly define the extent of the land/property that falls within your ownership.

 

Why do I need one?

There can be various reasons why you may need a Land Registry compliant Lease Plan, including:

  • Buying or selling a leasehold property and the existing plan is incorrect or no longer compliant

  • Buying or selling a commercial leasehold property on a lease of 7 years or more

  • If it is the first time that a leasehold property is registered, for example if a freehold house has been converted into leasehold flats

  • You are looking to extend the number of years on a lease

  • The demise of a lease hold property has changed, for example adding a loft conversion or extending a boundary
     

A compliant Title Plan may be required for the following reasons:

  • An existing title is being split into separate titles to be sold or transferred

  • An existing Title Plan is incorrect or no longer compliant

  • A piece of land is being transfer or sold from one neighbour to another

  • To support or assist in a boundary dispute

  • When new build houses have been constructed and the titles need to be registered

 

Do you need to visit my property?

Not necessarily. We have a team of planners who visit properties every day, but we are also able to work from existing plans and information, if they are suitable and you are satisfied with their accuracy.
 

What is involved?

We keep it as simple as possible.
 

First, we will discuss your requirements with you, answer any questions you have and provide a quote. Once you have placed your order, we will arrange a convenient time to visit your property (if required). If a site visit is not required, then your plans will go straight into production.
 

During the site visit, our surveyor will take measurements and gather all the information required to ensure your plans are correct and Land Registry complaint.
 

Once the site visit is concluded, your plans will go into CAD production. When production is complete you will be emailed a draft pdf of your plans to review and provide feedback or approval. We can also send the plans to your Solicitor if requested. All reasonable amendments are carried out free of charge.
 

Once approved and payment has been received your final plans will be emailed to you and hard copies sent in the post if desired.

See our process page for a step-by-step guide.

 

How long does it take?

We understand that Land Registry compliant plans are often urgent, therefore we deliver a fast turnaround time. We aim to book all site visits within 2-3 days and then complete CAD production and send draft plans to you within a further 2-3 days. For especially urgent orders we offer a priority next day service at an additional charge.

 

What are the Land Registry Requirements?

The below information as stated on HM Land Registry – Guidance for preparing plans for Land Registry applications _updated 15 Feb 2021.
 

The general guidance is as follows:

  • The plan should be drawn to a stated scale and based on metric measurements

  • Show its orientation with a north point

  • Show sufficient detail to be identified with the Ordnance Survey map

  • It should not be marked with “for identification purposes only” or similar wording
     

Defining the property or land subject to your application, the plan should show:

  • The whole property including any garage, parking space, bin store or garden areas

  • The building in their correct or proposed position

  • Any access roads or pathways if they form part of the property boundaries

  • Any undefined boundaries accurately and where necessary by reference to measurement

  • Measurements in meters to 2 decimal places

  • Land and Property clearly (for example by edging, shading or hatching) which should not obscure any detail

  • All colours referred to in the deed, with their extents clearly defined
     

Floor levels, flats, maisonettes and small areas of land, the plan should show:

  • Where the property falls in relation to the external footprint of the building and/or relation to the surrounding detail on the Ordnance Survey map

  • The extend of each floor level, if necessary, by using separate plans

  • Different floor levels clearly labelled

  • Shows intricate boundaries such as the internal divisions in a building, consider showing on a separate plan at a larger scale such as 1:100 or 1:200

  • Separate parts by suitable plan markings (house, garage, parking space, bin store etc)

  • Must agree with the verbal description in the deed

  • Correctly shows all the markings referred to in the deed
     

HM Land Registry – Guidance for preparing plans for Land Registry applications _updated 15 Feb 2021

 

We hope this information has been useful but do feel free to contact us if you have any questions.