Boundaries are the invisible lines that mark the limits of any property you might own.
They are often marked by physical features, such as walls or hedges, but such features may not show the complete picture.
It's important to understand where your property boundaries lie.
Accurate boundary information can help resolve disputes as to who owns a piece of ground, or who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of boundary features.
Boundaries can be complex and easily misunderstood. We recommend seeking legal advice if you notice a problem.
The first place to look
Scotland's Land Information Service (ScotLIS) contains information for property registered in the land register.
You can search by address or postcode and ScotLIS will display property information along with a view of the cadastral map. The map will show the registered extent of the property. Boundaries are generally shown with a red line.
We can also use other methods, such as tinting a whole area, where appropriate.
The property registers
While the map available through ScotLIS will show enough detail in the majority of cases, some situations will need more.
You can request a copy of the title sheet or sasine deeds depending on whether your property is registered in the land register or recorded in the sasine register.
Generally, property purchased after March 1981 will be in the land register.
Certain deeds, called breakaway deeds, will contain a detailed description of the property boundaries.
This can help you to determine the limits of your property. Many sasine deeds of this type will also include a plan, but many will not.
There can also be a wide variation in the quality and detail included on these plans.
Land register title sheets
Once a property is on the land register, we produce a title sheet containing all the relevant information regarding your property.
The title sheet will contain a description of the property and an extract of the cadastral map showing your property, called a title plan. The cadastral map is based on the Ordnance survey map.
Copies of deeds and title sheets from the land and sasine registers can be ordered online using our copy deeds service.
We recommend that you take legal advice if you consider there to be any problems with your boundaries.
If you want a more detailed look at boundaries, check out our Knowledge Base guide.