Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about the registers of common land and town and village greens as well as the Commons Act 2006.
See the frequently asked questions below for more information about the registers of common land and town and village greens as well as the Commons Act 2006.
Legal advice and guidance on applications
North Yorkshire County Council, as registration authority, is responsible for the administration of applications. Part of the registration authority's role is to decide on your application so it must remain impartial. Therefore, we are unable to offer specific advice on individual applications. This means you are responsible for both deciding which form is appropriate for the type of amendment you want to make and for completing the form. We recommend consulting the Commons Act 2006, the Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2014 and the Defra guidance. These can be found on the external links and resources page. Please consider taking independent expert advice, such as from a solicitor with experience in this area of law, if you need detailed advice. You may also be able to get help from organisations such as the National Farmers' Union, the Country Land and Business Association or the Open Spaces Society.
Please note that we will not accept photocopies of applications or applications submitted by email.
Copies of documentary evidence received with applications are non-returnable and are retained by us for future reference. It is not advisable to provide original documents you wish to retain for your own records.
An application may not relate to more than one update, i.e. separate forms are to be used for each individual proposed update.
Please refer to the external links and resources page to access application forms.
See the what happens to my application page for the various steps and timescales associated with an application.
General frequently asked questions
- Can I view the common land and village green registers?
- How does the Commons Act 2006 affect the common land and village green registers?
- When does the transitional period start?
- What is wrongly registered land?
- Can I register land as common land?
- Can I register rights of common?
- I have sold my rights: do I need to do anything?
- What about deregistration of land containing buildings?
Correction or amendment of the registers
Over time incorrect information was entered into the Registers of Common Land and Town and Village Greens and section 19 of the Commons Act 2006 enables applications to be made by any person wishing to rectify errors made in the registers. This will assist in making the registers become a more accurate record of registered land and rights of common.
- What errors can be corrected in the registers?
- Can I remove wrongly registered common land from the register?
- How do I update a name or address?
Registration of new events
You can apply to amend the Common Land and Town and Village Greens Registers to create, vary, amend, transfer or extinguish a right of common, or to register new land as common land or as a town or village green. Any changes take effect only when the registration is made or amended. Previously, any changes affecting the rights of common or registered land had an effect whether or not the Common Land and Town and Village Greens Registers had been updated.
- How do I create new rights or new common land?
- How do I change an existing right of common?
- How do I apportion a right of common?
- How do I attach a right in gross to land?
- How do I reallocate an attached right?
- How do I extinguish a right of common?
- How do I transfer a right of common held in gross?
- How do I apply for an amendment to the registers due to a statutory disposition?
For more information and queries about common land and village greens please contact:
North Yorkshire County Council
Business and Environmental Services Directorate
Telephone: 01609 780780
The register may also be inspected at the above address. Please make an appointment prior to any visit.