3. Apply to record the exact boundary
You can apply to have the exact boundary between your property and your neighbour’s recorded. This is known as applying for a ‘determined boundary’.
You can only do this if your property is registered.
A determined boundary will still be valid if you or your neighbour sell your property.
Your application may be referred to a tribunal if your neighbour doesn’t agree with it. Get legal advice before making an application.
Check your property’s title plan and register to see if it already has a determined boundary.
Apply for a determined boundary
You’ll need to send:
- a plan showing the determined boundary - ask a chartered land surveyor to make this
- evidence that supports your application
- a completed exact line of boundary (DB) form
Evidence that supports your application
Send any evidence you have that justifies the surveyor’s boundary. This could include:
- certified copies of the deeds to your property from before the property was registered
- an expert’s report
- a written statement signed in front of a solicitor, a magistrate or a commissioner of oaths
Send your application
The application costs £90. You’ll also need to pay the surveyor and the solicitor a fee.
If your neighbour agrees with your application, they’ll need to sign the form and the plan as well.
Send everything to:
HM Land Registry Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
If your application is successful, HM Land Registry (HMLR) will send you a copy of your updated title plan and register. They’ll also send your neighbour a copy of their updated title plan and register.
If your neighbour objects to your application
HMLR will decide whether the objection is valid. If it is, they’ll give you and your neighbour the chance to come to an agreement.
If you can’t, they’ll pass your application to a tribunal. You may need to pay for legal advice and advice from a surveyor if this happens.
If the tribunal approves your application
HMLR will send you a copy of your updated title plan and register. They’ll record the determined boundary in the register.
If the tribunal rejects your application
The tribunal will either decide where the exact boundary should be, or decide not to set the exact boundary.
You may need to pay your neighbour’s costs.