You should use the Rural Payments service to transfer entitlements and transfer or remove land as it’s the quickest and safest route to use.
You may be unable to use the Rural Payments service to transfer or remove land if:
your holding type is shown as tenant
less than 100% of the land parcel is owned
If this information is incorrect, you should use the Change land tenure form to correct this information. You will then be able to use the Rural Payments service to transfer or remove the land parcel.
If you are unable to use the Rural Payments service, you should use a Rural Land and Entitlements RLE1 form. You can complete the form on paper or electronically. Use the electronic route if possible, so we receive your form quicker.
We cannot accept handwritten RLE1 forms that are scanned and returned as an email attachment.
We accept both entitlement transfer and land change notifications on the same RLE1 form.
Use the RLE1 guidance 2023 to help you complete the form.
Line added in section 'How to fill in your RLE1 form', Part A. The line give details of the email subject header to use when submitting an RLE1 form in support of a CS Mid Tier application.
Guidance is now provided as an accessible HTML document.
Reviewed and updated for 2022.
RLE1 guidance updated and published.
Removal of 'Hedge guidance' as out of date.
RLE 1 Guidance checked for accessibility
New document 'How to check and change your hedge information v1.0 May 2020' published.
Publication of RLE1 guidance version 3.0 which includes updated information about using the form electronically. 'How to use the electronic form' section on GOV.UK page updated to highlight additional information for the RLE1 form should be included in the return email.
Update to titles of RLE1 form and guidance to show they are for electronic and paper use; clarification of permission levels for submitting an RLE1 form.
Update to the previous change note which should have stated: Replaced the RLE1 form with a new version and added guidance about it. Replaced the RLE1 2020 guidance with an updated version that includes instructions on when and how to use the Change land tenure form.
Replaced the RLE1 form with a new version and added guidance about it. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the RLE1 form can either be downloaded, filled in electronically and then returned as a PDF attached to an email or it can be printed, filled in by hand and returned by post.
Replaced the RLE1 guidance 2020 with an updated version that includes instructions on when and how to use the Change land tenure form.
Change land tenure form added.
Publication of RLE1 guidance for 2020.
RPA email address updated on RLE1 form.
Replaced 'How to check and change your hedge information' 2018 guidance with 2019 version.
Replaced RLE1 2018 guidance with 2019 version.
How to check and change your hedge information v3.0 added
RLE Guidance Version 2.0 - Updates to ‘How to print your maps’, ‘When to use an RLE1 form to update your maps’, ‘Sending sketch maps to us’, ‘Transferring or removing land’, ‘Land cover changes’, ‘How to check your maps/land parcels’, ‘Part D: Add hedges and trees in a line’ and ‘Part E: Supporting documents’.
New guidance published: 'How to check and change your hedge information'.
Hedges Guidance removed
New guidance published about how to check and change hedge information.
Page and guidance updated
New text added about mapping updates to digital land maps.
Updates to Digital mapping information and new section published called Mapping updates published from July 2017.
RLE1 guidance updated for the BPS 2017 scheme year.
Updated to explain that transfers will now be confirmed online.
Version 2.0 Updated 31 March 2016
Updated to add the 2016 versions of the RLE1 form and guidance
New information about how to transfer land and entitlements online.
Updated to include details about RLE1s for Countryside Stewardship
Updated with deadline extension for telling RPA about features or areas which are permanently ineligible for the Basic Payment Scheme.
Published new versions of the RLE1 form and guidance for the 2015 year.