Register of Inhibitions


The Register of Inhibitions notifies the public about individuals who can’t competently enter into property transactions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Register of Inhibitions is temporarily closed to paper applications.

Applications can be submitted via our new digital submission service.

An inhibition is a block on someone being able to:

  • sell property
  • take out further loans on it
  • make changes to the maintenance responsibilities linked to that property

The following are some of the reasons someone may be placed on the Register of Inhibitions:

  • bankruptcy
  • owing someone money
  • companies entering into administration

Register an inhibition

You can send a covering letter and the document you want us to register.

We’ll keep a copy of the document and return the original to you along with an invoice.

Fee: £25

Discharge an inhibition

You can send a covering letter and the document you want us to discharge.

The discharge is a self-proving document and must contain:

  • the registration date of the inhibition being discharged
  • the names and addresses of the parties to the inhibition

'Self-proving' means that the deed has been appropriately signed by the granter and a witness.

You can submit your applications using our new digital submission service.

Search the Register of Inhibitions

The register is searched by solicitors and conveyancers. Sometimes members of the public search it as part of the conveyancing process.

If you have a business user login, you can search the register using ScotLIS.

Searches using ScotLIS cost:

  • £1 per search, up to six names

If you don’t have a ScotLIS login, contact us to request a search of the Register of Inhibitions.

Search requests cost:

  • £20 + VAT, up to six names
  • £16 + VAT, for a copy of a deed in the Register of Inhibitions

We’ll send you a list of names on the register that either fully or partially match your search criteria. You can order a copy of any deed from this list.

A search in the Register of Inhibitions covers a five-year period. If you need to search over a longer period, we’ll have to do more than one search.


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