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HMRC internal manual

Stamp Duty Land Tax Manual

Scope: When is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) chargeable: Options and rights of pre-emption FA03/S46(3)

Options and rights of pre-emption are chargeable when they are acquired, not when they become exercisable.

On exercise of an option or right of pre-emption, a distinct, although frequently linked, transaction arises and this is chargeable to SDLT in its own right.

See also SDLTM01300.