Compulsory purchase and compensation booklet 1: procedure

Booklet explaining why compulsory purchase orders are made, and what people's rights are to challenge them.



This is the first in a series of 5 booklets (revised versions published in October 2004), which explains, in simple terms, how the compulsory purchase system works. If you think you may be affected by compulsory purchase you should read these booklets.

This booklet explains why there is a need to make compulsory purchase orders, who can use these powers, and the procedure for gaining those powers, how the powers are implemented by the acquiring authority, and what your rights are and what opportunities exist to resist or influence the procedure.

This guidance is not a substitute for professional advice. If you think your property may be the subject of a compulsory purchase order you should seek advice from a professionally qualified person such as a chartered surveyor or solicitor, who should be able to advise on your rights and also act on your behalf if appropriate. It is best to seek professional help as early as possible.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors operates a compulsory purchase helpline which can be contacted on 0870 333 1600. This helpline puts you in touch with experienced chartered surveyors in the local area who will provide up to 30 minutes of free advice.