Advance Notices

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 35-day calendar period.

This means that, during the 35-day period, the deed is protected from the implications of:

  • another deed relating to the same land a 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


You need:

  • a valid FAS account number
  • to access the combined application form/advance notice through our online services log-in page
  • to choose the advance notice that you require


Advance notices cost £10 to record in the sasine register or to enter in the land register application record.

For advance notices that are submitted:

  • electronically this may only be paid by direct debit
  • by paper the fee can be paid by direct debit or cheque

Access the first registration advance notice form

You can access this form on the online system by answering 'no' to the question 'Are the subjects registered in the land register?’ You then complete all the relevant fields. The system will only offer the option to 'Print' the advance notice rather than 'Submit'.

Submit an advance notice

Depending on the advance notice you choose, how you submit the form varies.

First registration advance notice

You submit a first registration advance notice by paper. A first registration advance notice must go through the sasine process, as printing makes it no longer an original document but a non-recordable copy of an electronic document.

Advance notice of whole

You complete and submit advance notices relating to the whole of a registered plot online.

Advance notice of part

Advance notices relating to part of a registered plot should be completed on the online system, then printed, signed and submitted by post. You must submit a plan showing the extent with the advance notice form. This plan should be signed and documented with reference to the advance notice.

Discharge of an advance notice

You apply online for a discharge of an advance notice using the unique advance notice number that’s issued in the confirmation notification.

When you type in the advance notice number, the form will pre-populate with the details of the original advance notice.

You then submit the notice to RoS electronically, automatically removing the advance notice from the application record. PDF forms are available on the website for the cases where the exceptions to electronic submission documented above apply.

Discharge of an advance notice recorded in the sasine register

You can complete the form using the online system, print off and signed to submit by post.

View advance notices

If you submit online, you will receive an email confirming receipt from us. We will enter the advance notice automatically on to the application record, and send a confirmation notification to the email address(es) provided. The details of the advance notice will be viewable in the online services portal the following day.


For further information on advance notices you’ll find detailed guidance on our Knowledge Base.