Advance notices

Find out how to create and submit an advance notice.

An advance notice is a document which we register when a transaction is pending.

It secures a placeholder for the registration application to arrive. It also provides certain protections for the deed for a stated period of time.

Digital advance notice submissions

We are now accepting digital uploads of advance notices for First Registration (FR) and Transfers of Part (TP).

You can:

  • complete and download your advance notice in the usual way
  • upload and submit your advance notice to us, with a plan if required

All advance notices must be paid for by direct debit, and plans must be in PDF format.

Digital submissions of Dealings of the Whole have not changed.

If you have an advance notice associated with a cheque payment, you should create and upload a new advance notice for the intended deed, using a FAS associated with a direct debit.

Upload an advance notice

Advance notices guidance

Advance notices are used when one person intends to grant a deed to another that will be registered in the Land Register of Scotland: for example, a transfer of ownership or a loan.

An advance notice doesn't freeze the land register, but a deed to which an advance notice relates will be given preference for a defined period.

Under normal operating circumstances, this period lasts for 35 days.

This means that, during this period, the deed is protected from the implications of:

  • another deed relating to the same land being granted to a third party that enters the register first
  • an inhibition or other document registered in the Register of Inhibitions during the 35-day period

Extension to protection period

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 came into force on 7 April.

Under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, the period for advance notices is extended.

The start date of the notice will be shown in the usual way.

The end date will be one of the two options below depending on which is later.

The protection period will end either:

  • 10 days after the Keeper declares the application record fully open
  • 35 days starting on the day after the notice was entered into the application record

This extension includes hard copy notices submitted on or before the 24 March, but only where the protected period was still running at that point.

It also covers:

  • any notice received while the Registers have been fully or partially closed since that date
  • any new notices submitted after the legislation comes into force


Advance Notices (and the time remaining until they expire) are displayed on ScotLIS.

The timer will start to count down from 35 days as normal. However, the clock will now stop at 11 days.

It will stay at this number until the application record fully re-opens. The 10 day period after that will then continue to tick down as normal.

Scotlis searches will continue to show all current advance notices.

Depending on when a notice was recorded it will be clear whether it is running on a normal 35 day rule or if it is running on the ten day plus one rule.


You will need:

  • a valid FAS account number
  • an Online Services account
  • details of the deed you intend to protect


Advance notices cost £20 to record in the sasine register or to enter in the land register application record.

The new system for digital submissions is unable to accept cheques as a method of payment. Users must have a direct debit account and FAS account in place.

Setting up a direct debit

Please fill out our pre-payment direct debit mandate form and required information form.

Send the original mandate form to your bank. Then send a scanned copy along with the required information form to

If you don't have a FAS account

To request a FAS account email with the information below:

  • contact name
  • contact telephone number
  • email address for statements

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