Exempting documents from the general right to inspect and copy (PG57)

Guidance on exempting documents, obtaining a full copy and withdrawing exempt status (practice guide 57)



This guide, aimed at legal practitioners, companies and private individuals, gives advice on:

  • exempting a document from the general right to inspect and copy under the Land Registration Act 2002 because it contains prejudicial information
  • obtaining a full copy of an exempt information document if you need one
  • withdrawing the exempt status

Read information on what you cannot exempt, how to complete forms EX1 and EX1A, and other relevant steps you must follow.

We only provide factual information and impartial advice about our procedures. Read more about the advice we give.

Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 16 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. New sections 2.3 and 2.4 added. These clarify which requests for exemption are likely to be accepted or refused. This is not new practice and the guidance makes clear that each case is treated on its own merits.
  2. Section 2.6 has been amended to explain that it would help us if you explained in panel 5 of form EX1A where in the deed/document the exempt information is contained.
  3. Section 2.1 has been amended to clarify that when you certify a document as a true copy you must do this on the face of the document.
  4. A reminder to make sure prejudicial information has been removed from other documents has been added to section 2.
  5. Section 5 has been amended to reflect that we no longer accept applications by fax.
  6. Link to the advice we offer added.
  7. Section 2.1 has been amended further to confirm that it is not possible to apply for the execution of a deed to be exempted for the purpose of land registration
  8. Sections 2, 2.1 and 2.6 have been amended further to clarify the 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.
  9. First published.