Functional completion


Address coverage of properties that regularly transact.

Functional Completion is when most land and property that transacts regularly is on the land register.

A figure is estimated by subtracting land and property that rarely or may never sell in the Land Register Completion timeframe.

For example, removing social housing and some large land and estates, from the total number of addresses in Scotland that are held in Ordnance Survey AddressBase.

We estimate that this number is just under 2.5 million. This fluctuates due to housing stock changes. However, it indicates what we need to aim for to ensure that customers benefit from Land Register Completion.

We aim to reach functional completion by the end of 2024. This means:

  • the process of buying or selling is more likely to be quick and straightforward
  • most people get the benefits of a fast and smooth transaction

The table below shows:

  • addresses we already have on the land register
  • casework in progress at Registers of Scotland
Address coverage by month
FC addressesSeptember 2022 October 2022Change
In the land register 2,100,137 2,103,5614,307
In progress 65,185 66,4941,309
Total 86.7% 86.7%0.0%*

*The total number of functional addresses registered by RoS increases every month. However, due to the large number of new addresses in Scotland added by Ordnance Survey last month, the percentage of functional completion has remained the same from September to October


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