- Rural Payments Agency
- Part of:
- Rural Payments Agency: Customer Registration, Cattle identification and registration, and Sheep and goats identification, registration and movements
- 10 July 2014
- Last updated:
- 1 May 2015, see all updates
If you want to keep farm animals - or apply for an agricultural subsidy - you need to get a County Parish Holding (CPH) number from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
Get a CPH
Call RPA on 03000 200 301. Choose any of the options for Basic Payment Scheme queries.
Tell RPA your:
- Single Business Identifier (SBI) - if you already have one
- business name
- land location (land parcel reference number(s), postcode or OS grid reference(s))
- form of tenure (for example, owner, owner/occupier, tenant for more than 1 year, tenant for 1 year or less)
- business activities
- contact details
Your CPH number will arrive by post.
Temporary arrangements if you don’t own the land
If you have a CPH number for your own land but you also have a temporary arrangement (for up to one year) to graze your animals on someone else’s land, contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). They may approve a Temporary Land Association (TLA) if the land is within 10 miles of your own CPH. If it is further away they will issue a temporary CPH.
What is a CPH number?
A CPH is an identification number for your farm or business, which relates to the location of the land. It’s a 9-digit number (for example, 12/345/6789). The first 2 digits relate to the county, the next 3 relate to the parish and the last 4 digits identify the holding.
Its main purpose is to identify and trace the location of livestock.
Who needs a CPH?
You need a CPH if you want to keep farmed animals, or apply for agricultural grants and subsidies.
Keeping farmed animals
If you keep one or more of the following, you need a CPH number:
- cattle (including bison and buffalo)
- poultry (more than 50 birds)
Applying for agricultural subsidies and grants
You need a CPH if you want to apply for a grant or subsidy from:
- Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
- Natural England
- Forestry Commission
Published: 10 July 2014
Updated: 1 May 2015
- Amended telephone number from 0345 603 7777 to 03000 200 301
- First published.