Common land and village greens registers

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

Common land and village greens registers are our responsibility in North Yorkshire. The register includes a description and map of the land, details of ownership and any rights of common that apply to the land.

Current registers may be out of date, as historically the law did not require them to be kept up to date. Recently passed laws have made it a requirement to keep accurate registers, and in the coming years all registers will be updated.

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.

 View the landowner statement register here (pdf / 324 KB).

You can also 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.

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. 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.

New law for common land and village greens

The Commons Act 2006 is a new law that aims to update and correct the registers. It came into force for North Yorkshire in December 2014.

There is a transitional period of three years during which interested parties can apply to amend the registers. This period ends on 14 December 2017. Anyone wishing to submit an application after this date should contact us by email at commons.registration@northyorks.gov.uk or by calling 01609 780780.

Applications that can be made include:

  • correcting a mistake in the registers;
  • creating and ending rights of common; and
  • registering or unregistering (where wrongly registered) land.

Applications and fees

You can learn about the process to register land or change registrations, see the associated fees and find answers to frequently asked questions here.

Land type definitions

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

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.

Rights to access village greens are typically reserved for local residents; this contrasts with common land where there is a general right of access.

There is no distinction in law between a town green and a village green.

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.