Common land and village greens registers

Information about the land registered in our area and how we maintain the land registers.

Common land

Common land is usually owned by an individual but with the understanding that other people named in the registers may have traditional rights to access it, for example, to graze animals, shoot, fish, or take stones and wood.

Village greens

Town and village greens are established where long-term use of land by local people for recreational purposes can be demonstrated, such as for informal sports, picnics, fetes or dog walking. They are usually owned and maintained by town and parish councils, although can be privately owned.

You can view the register by appointment at Commons Registration, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD. Contact us to make an appointment by email at commons.registration@northyorks.gov.uk or by calling 01609 780780.

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Commons Act 2006 Section 15A(1) landowner statements register

The landowner statement brings to an end any period of recreational use as of right over the land to which the statement applies and includes a map showing the location of that land. Land that has a landowner statement may not be able to be registered as a new village green. 

The register includes joint deposits which have been made under both Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 and Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980. 

You can view the  landowner statement register here (pdf / 125 KB).

A separate register is kept of deposits made solely under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, which can be found on the public rights of way page.

Contact us

For more information and queries about common land and village greens, please contact us by email at commons.registration@northyorks.gov.uk or by calling 01609 780780.