Register of Town and Village Greens and Common Land

We are responsible for updating the Registers when ownership of Common rights change, or where rights are apportioned (although the circumstances in which we can amend the Registers are limited).

Amending the registers

We amend the registers when we are notified by the Land Registry of changes in ownership of land and we can amend the register in some instances to show changes in address. We are also responsible for registering 'new' town and village greens and common land.

How does it work?

The registers are statutory documents (Commons Registration Act 2006) and show all such registered land in our area. Each area of common land and town or village green is listed in the registers under a unique 'unit number'.

  • 'CL' prefix defines the land as common.
  • 'VG' prefix defines the land as town or village green.

Each unit number in the Registers is divided into three sections showing details of:

  • Land: This includes a description of the land, who registered it and when the registration became finally registered. There are also related plans which show the boundaries of the land.
  • Rights: This includes a description of the rights of common (e.g. the right to graze 100 sheep), over which area of the common they are exercisable, the name of the person (the 'commoner') who holds those rights, and whether the rights arise by virtue of a separate land ownership by the commoner (i.e. they 'attach' to land).
  • Ownership: This includes details of owners of common land. However, entries in this section of the registers are not held to be conclusive.

How to view the registers

The registers are available for public inspection. You can make an appointment to view the registers by emailing Copies of the registers and maps can be provided for a fee.