The Commons Registration Authority is responsible for maintaining the Register of Common Land and the Register of Village Greens.
This register is a statutory document (Commons Registration Act 1965) and shows all such registered land in the area. Each area of common land and town or village green is listed in the registers under a unique 'unit number'. A 'CL' prefix defines the land as common. A 'VG' prefix defines the land as town or village green.
Each unit number in the register is divided in three sections showing details of:
The registers are available for public inspection. You can make an appointment to view the registers. Copies from the registers can be provided on payment of a fee for the register entry and an additional charge for the base plan.
Searches of the registers are undertaken and certificates are available. Normally, a search is carried out when a property is being bought or sold and a fee is payable. We do not provide search forms but they are available from law stationers. Search certificates will reveal whether land is registered as common or village green. For further information about searches, please see the Local Land Charges page.