Your property boundaries

2. Make a boundary agreement with your neighbour

You can usually avoid having to create a boundary agreement by having an informal discussion with your neighbour.

Get help in solving disagreements

Contact the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for advice on solving disagreements over boundaries.

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What a boundary agreement can do

You and your neighbour can create a ‘boundary agreement’ to record:

  • the boundary between 2 properties
  • who’s responsible for maintaining a hedge, wall, tree or fence between 2 properties

Get legal advice if you’re thinking about making a boundary agreement.

What a boundary agreement can’t do

You can’t use a boundary agreement to sell or give away part of your land to your neighbour.

Get legal advice if you want to make sure the boundary agreement is still valid after you or your neighbour sell your property.

What to include in a boundary agreement

Your boundary agreement must include:

  • your name and address
  • your neighbour’s name and address
  • the date the agreement begins
  • the boundary you’ve agreed

You can include the boundary using:

  • a written description
  • a copy of an Ordnance Survey map - you can draw or write on it to show the boundary
  • a map you’ve drawn yourself

Example of a boundary agreement

“Boundary Agreement

This agreement is made on 15th July 2017 between John Smith of 10 Acacia Avenue, title to which is registered under title number XX12345, and Mary Brown of 12 Acacia Avenue, title to which is registered under title number XX67891.

The parties agree that the legal boundary between the land within their respective registered titles, and running from the point marked ‘A’ to the point marked ‘B’ on the plan attached, is as shown by the red line drawn between those points.

Signed

[Witness (Signature, name and address)]

Signed

[Witness (Signature, name and address)]”

Record your boundary agreement

Fill in an application to change the register (AP1).

In section 4 under ‘Applications in priority order’, write: “To note a boundary agreement”. Under ‘Fees paid (£)’ write “£40”.

You don’t need to fill in sections 9 to 14.

You’ll need to send:

  • the completed AP1 form
  • a copy of the boundary agreement
  • a cheque or postal order for £40, payable to ‘HMLR’ or ‘HM Land Registry’

Send the documents and fee to:

HM Land Registry Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB

HM Land Registry will update the register for your property and send a copy of the updated register back to you. They’ll do the same for your neighbour.