Easements claimed by prescription (PG52)

Information about acquiring easements by prescription (practice guide 52).


This guide gives details about Land Registry practice on:

  • acquiring easements by prescription
  • how easements operate when no register entries are made
  • how to apply for a register entry in respect of easements and the register entries that we make in respect of the easements
  • the effect of an objection to an application

It is aimed at conveyancers and you should interpret references to ‘you’ accordingly. Land Registry staff will also refer to it.

Updated: June 2014

This edition of the guide replaces the January 2014 edition. Section 5 has been amended (and other consequential amendments made) to explain a change in policy for applications which are not first registrations, under which we will need only certified copies of deeds or documents you send to us with Land Registry applications. All documents submitted, including originals, will be scanned and destroyed.