Statutory guidance

RLE1 form and guidance

Use the RLE1 form to make changes to your digital maps, register new land and transfer entitlements by sub-lease or inheritance.

Documents

RLE1 form

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Rural Land and Entitlements (RLE1) guidance

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Detail

Farmers and land agents can now use the Rural Payments service to transfer land and entitlements by sale, gift or lease. It is quicker and easier than using an RLE1 form.

Read more about how to use the Rural Payments service in 2016.

Online confirmation of transfers

From 21 July 2016, when a land or entitlement transfer request is completed, RPA will put a notification on the Rural Payments service. It will be visible to anyone with the appropriate permission for both the transferor and the transferee’s business. If the notification is not opened within 7 days, RPA will send an email reminder.

When to use the RLE1 form

You must still use an RLE1 form to:

  • register land parcels to your holding
  • make changes to registered land (including mapping features within land parcels)
  • transfer Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) entitlements by sub-lease or inheritance
  • give BPS entitlements back to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

You can transfer entitlements at any time of year. However, only the person who holds the entitlements at midnight on 16 May 2016 can use them to claim BPS in 2016.

RPA will no longer contact you if we change your maps

It is your responsibility to ensure that you only claim on your land that is eligible for BPS, to check your maps, either online or on paper, and to tell RPA about any changes. You can view your land details online using the Rural Payments service.

RPA will continuously use all available data sources, including aerial photography and Ordnance Survey map updates, to keep land information up-to-date, and to check any claims you make.

RPA will no longer write to you to tell you when they make a change to your maps based on these data sources.