Research and analysis

Rights to Light

A "right to light" is an easement that gives a landowner the right to receive light through defined apertures in buildings on his or her land.


Rights to Light

Order a copy

Rights to Light (PRINT FILE)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (eg a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The Law Commission commenced this project in March 2012. The project sought to investigate whether the law by which rights to light are acquired and enforced provides an appropriate balance between the important interests of landowners and the need to facilitate the appropriate development of land. The project considered how the law might be clarified and examined whether the remedies available to the courts are reasonable, sufficient and proportionate.

This is the final report of the right to light project and contains recommendations on reform of this area of law.

Further information on the Rights to Light project can be found on the Law Commission website