Land Registry Registration Fees

01/02/2022
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The Land Registry is the centralised database for all property ownership in England and Wales. The Land Registry charges Registration Fees when making changes to the title documents held at the Land Registry.

Anyone can view who owns a property in England and Wales; whether it is a leasehold flat or a freehold title and the current cost for this is information £3. The only exception is unregistered property. The Land Registry moved online from 1996 so the number of unregistered properties is falling. Read - How to prove you own a property that is unregistered.

If you are paying a Land Registry fee you are most likely also going to be paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). SDLT is payable where interest in land is transferred between parties for more than £40,000 consideration. We can calculate your Land Registry Fee and Stamp Duty using our online calculator here.

What is the cost to register land at the Land Registry?

Because the of the drive to get property that historically isn't registered the Land Registry charges a reduced fee to get unregistered property logged.

Scale One
The Scale One fees relate to sale and purchase registrations or first registrations. The easy way to know if Scale One or Two fees apply is easy. If you are completely changing the names on the Land Registry title then it is Scale One. If you are only changing some of the names on the legal title then it is Scale Two.

Scale Two
  • Transfers or assents of registered estates not for monetary consideration
  • Transfers of registered charges
  • Charges of registered estates
  • Other applications affecting registered estates
  • Surrenders of leases not for monetary consideration
  • Large scale application

Land Registry Scale One Fees
Value of Property (£)
Fee - Electronic
Fee - Postal
(New Builds or First Registration)
0 - £80,000
£20
£45
£80,001 - £100,000
£40
£95
£100,001 - £200,000
£100
£230
£200,001 - £500,000
£150
£330
£500,001 - £1,000,000
£295
£655
£1,000,001 and over
£500
£1,105

Land Registry Scale TWO Fees

Land Registry Scale Two Fees
Value of Property (£)
Fee - Electronic
Fee - Postal
(First Registration)
0 - £80,000
£20
£45
£80,001 - £100,000
£20
£45
£100,001 - £200,000
£30
£70
£200,001 - £500,000
£45
£100
£500,001 - £1,000,000
£65
£145
£1,000,001 and over
£140
£305

Frequently Asked Questions
Land Registration fees are payable on application when the appropriate form is sent to the Land Registry. In a conveyancing transaction your solicitor obtains payment from you and sends the application to the Land Registry using an online portal and the Land Registry uses Direct Debit to receive the fee from the solicitor.

The Land Registry is a non-ministerial Government body whose function is to:
  • Provide a reliable record of information about ownership of and interests affecting land;
  • Provide owners with a land title that is underpinned by the state; and
  • Simplify the transfer of land.

Individuals and organisations in England & Wales who become landowners or own interest in land must legally apply to the Land Registry to:
  • Register unregistered land ("First Registration");
  • Register a new owner of a registered property following a sale with details of any mortgages or leases affecting the property;
  • Register an interest affecting registered land, such as a mortgage, a lease or a right of way.

The Land Registry records many items of data and its website can be searched for example for current house prices and price movements at the national, regional and even local level.

If you have any questions about Land Registry registration fees or further guidance about more in-depth Land Registry matters, call 0333 344 3234 or email help@samconveyancing.co.uk.

A standard transfer of equity is updated within 4 weeks, however a leasehold registration can take between 6 to 12 months.

 
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