Most land in England and Wales is registered with general boundaries - exact boundaries can be expensive and complicated to work out.
When a property is registered, Land Registry creates a drawing called a ‘title plan’. This usually only shows the general boundaries of the property, unless the previous owners supplied exact boundary information.
You can get a copy of the title plan for any registered property in England and Wales.
Working out the exact boundary
You can set the exact boundary for your land or property if you want to.
Get as much information as possible from your title plan, registry documents and other documentation. You may find it useful to find information about neighbouring properties from the Land Registry.
Agree any unclear areas with your neighbours and sign an agreement with them if possible. You can ask a surveyor or a solicitor for advice.
Get a surveyor to draw up a detailed plan and send this to Land Registry, with a completed application to determine the exact line of a boundary, £90 fee and any agreements with neighbours.
You can apply to have the agreement added to the title for your property and your neighbour’s. Fill in form AP1 and send it to Land Registry with a copy of the boundary agreement and the appropriate fee.
Neighbour disputes about boundaries
If you haven’t sent a signed agreement from your neighbours with your application, Land Registry will contact them to check they’re happy with your plan.
Land Registry will refer the dispute to the independent Land Registration division if you and your neighbour can’t agree on the boundaries. The Land Registration division will make a decision on what should happen - you may have to go to a hearing.
There’s no law about who owns the boundaries around your property, eg which side of the fence, walls or hedges you’re responsible for.
Check your deeds to find out if there are any boundary agreements. If nothing’s been agreed you can set up an agreement with your neighbours.
If you think there’s a mistake in your registration, write to Land Registry and explain what’s wrong.
PO Box 6350