Cadastral mapping: overview

This section covers the cadastral mapping.

Q1. What is the cadastral map?

A cadastral map is a map defining land ownership. The land register cadastral map is further defined by the Act as a map showing all registered geospatial data relating to registered plots. The cadastral map consists of cadastral units, each of which represents a single registered plot of land. The cadastral map is not limited to defining ownership boundaries, but includes geospatial references for other rights or burdens that affect the registered plots of land. It extends to include the seabed of Scotland out to the 12 mile territorial limit and the Ordnance Survey Map forms the base map.

The cadastral map is likely to resemble the view shown below:

Cadastral map

Q2. What is a cadastral unit?

A cadastral unit represents a single registered plot of land. The cadastral map shows the boundaries of each cadastral unit, along with the extent of all registered rights. Each cadastral unit is assigned a unique number and, in most cases, this corresponds to the title number for the plot of land. A title sheet describes the plot of land by reference to the cadastral map; the property description narrates the cadastral unit number of the plot or, for leases and flatted properties, the cadastral unit of which the plot forms part. Cadastral units cannot overlap and areas owned in common must have their own cadastral unit (and corresponding title sheet).

Q3. Does the cadastral map only show plots of land registered from the designated day?

The cadastral map shows the totality of the registered geospatial data, other than supplementary data, captured for each cadastral unit from the designated day. It also reflects the registered detail available from the Keeper's index map for those titles registered prior to the designated day.

Q4. Can I register subjects that cannot be defined on the cadastral map?

No. All subjects submitted for registration must be capable of being accurately identified and delineated on the cadastral map. There can be no registration without mapping. A condition of registration is that the deed must sufficiently describe the plot to enable its boundaries to be delineated on the cadastral map so a detailed verbal description of the plot boundaries, or a suitable plan, is required.

Q5: The subjects in my application contain several disparate areas of land. Will the keeper register these as one cadastral unit?

The Keeper may group together discontiguous plots of land, which are relative to each other and have a common purpose, as a single cadastral unit. The Keeper has discretion to divide an application into separate cadastral units depending on the location and relationship of the plots to each other. For example, where a farm has several fields which are bisected by a public road, the fields are owned by the same person and have a common purpose, they would be registered as a single cadastral unit. However, where an application for registration involves two areas of land that are separate from each other and have no common purpose or relationship other than ownership by the same person (e.g. owning both a shop and a house in Perth), such areas would be registered as separate cadastral units, with separate title sheets for each.

Q6. How do I view the cadastral map?

The cadastral map can only be viewed in Registers of Scotland Customer Service Centres, at Meadowbank House in Edinburgh or Hanover House in Glasgow. However, the extent of individual cadastral units can be viewed using Registers Direct.

Q7. Can I get an extract or plain copy of the cadastral map?

Yes. These will be limited to showing one cadastral unit at a time, to ensure that all the registered geospatial data is clearly defined, visible and identifiable on each extract or plain copy. To ensure that the all geospatial data references are legible on the cadastral map, a cadastral unit may consist of more than one part. This ensures clarity of information and enables the title sheet to refer to particular references or data shown e.g. on part 1, part 2 etc., of cadastral unit FFE12345. An extract or plain copy of the cadastral map for such a cadastral unit would show each 'part' as a separate page.

Q8. Can you supply an extract or plain copy of the cadastral map showing more than one cadastral unit?

This is not currently possible. In order to meet customer needs, a report showing more than one cadastral unit can be ordered subject to some limitations on detail (e.g.other than the ownership extents). Such reports can be tailored to customer requirements and can be ordered by contacting our customer services team. NB These bespoke reports do not have evidential status.

Q9: Does the keeper have the authority to update the cadastral map upon receipt of new base map information?

Section 11(7) narrates that the Keeper must update the register when the base map is updated. In other words if the base map has been updated and the boundaries of a cadastral unit which were previously undefined, have been defined on the base map, or the boundaries of the cadastral unit have been more accurately defined on the base map without any real world change, then the Keeper must make any necessary amendment to the cadastral map as a consequence of the update.

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