Land register completion

Land register completion

Scotland is moving towards a single system of registration for land and property titles. Once complete, the Land Register of Scotland will provide a full picture of exactly who owns what across the country.

The land register is a digital, map-based public record of land ownership in Scotland. It is replacing the 400-year-old deeds-based General Register of Sasines.

A completed land register will be a national asset for Scotland and will make buying and selling property easier, faster and cheaper. It will allow anyone to find out who owns what through an easy online search.

Complete by 2024

In May 2014, Scottish ministers asked the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the land register by 2024, and to register all public land by 2019. The Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 provides a statutory framework for the completion of the land register.

When a property is sold, it automatically moves to the land register though an application by the purchaser. But because many properties rarely or never change hands, sales on their own aren’t enough to complete the land register.

Properties are being moved to the land register in three additional ways:


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If you’re a homeowner and Registers of Scotland has moved your property to the land register, you can visit our keeper-induced registration page for more information.

If you have a media enquiry relating to land register completion, visit our media contacts page.

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