Open Knowledge

Land Ownership 20% open

United Kingdom

What data is expected?

Cadaster showing land ownership data on a map and include all metadata on the land. Cadaster data submmitted in this category must include the following charateristics:

  • Land boarders
  • Land owners name
  • Land size
  • national level
  • updated yearly

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? No
  •   Is the data machine readable? No (n/a)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? No(as Land Registry title registers and title plans published by Land Registry (England and Wales), Registers of Scotland, Land Registry (Northern Ireland))
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? No (No URL given)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


There is little or no open data on land ownership available for the UK. Authoritative land ownership records are held by the Land Registry (England and Wales), Registers of Scotland and Land Registry (Northern Ireland). Individual records are available to the public for a fee. Records take the form of a title register (which identifies the owner and any rights of way or restrictions on the land) and a title plan (which defines the extents of the land). These are usually supplied in non-re-usable formats.

Data on properties in England and Wales owned by commercial and corporate entities is available in bulk and in a re-usable format, but on commercial terms rather than as open data.

Government agencies in each part of the UK also maintain ownership registers for agricultural land for purposes of compliance with the Single Payment Scheme (SPS), an agricultural subsidy scheme for farmers in the European Union. For example, the Rural Land Register for England is maintained by the Rural Payments Agency. These ownership records are not available for public re-use.

Land Registry has released a spatial dataset called INSPIRE Index Polygons that contains boundaries for registered freehold land and property in England and Wales. This dataset is available for public re-use but only the IDs attached to the boundaries are licensed as open data. The boundary polygons themselves are subject to additional licensing restrictions because they contain derived data from Ordnance Survey. The boundaries are not cadastral data and the dataset does not contain any ownership information.

Reviewer comments




  • Codrina Maria Ilie


  • Owen Boswarva