Understanding Land Registry Fees

Understanding Land Registry Fees

To get a better understanding of the fees payable for Land Registry read our guide below on everything you need to know about the fee calculator, the first fees, as well as the fee scale, you can also contact them on the following number: 0844 826 0793

The HM Land Registry preserves and protects both land and property ownership that is worth more than £4 trillion, which is estimated to be around 85% of the land mass of England and Wales.

If you are selling or buying land or property or taking out a mortgage, you must apply to the Land Registry to register any land or property that is unregistered, any new owner of registered land or property, an interest that affects registered land or property.

HM Land Registry will use the laws in place for each application to make a decision about whether or how it should be registered.

Land Registry Fee Calculator

The Land Registry Fee Calculator is an easy and quick way to see how much your Land Registry will cost you. You simply choose the application type from the drop-down menu below and it will give you details about the applicable fee scale, the standard fee as well as the electronic fee.

Land Registry fee calculator

Land Registry First Registration Fees

If you take ownership of land or property, or mortgage it, you must get it registered with HM Land Registry, this will be the First Registration.

Getting this registration gives you proof of ownership and helps to protect your land from fraud, as well as making it easier to change, sell or give the property away in the future.

You can register your land or property for the first time in a number of ways, you can choose freehold, leasehold by the original grantee, leasehold by the successor in title or rent charge.

The fee that you get will be assessed on the value of the transaction, even if no transaction takes place.

If it is a voluntary application there will be a reduction made to the standard fee.

Land Registry fee calculator first registration

Land Registry Fee Scale

The Land Registry operates with two fee scales, for those applications which do not attract a fixed fee, Scale 1 and Scale 2.

Scale 1 fees are based on the purchase price of the land, with the fees increasing with the value of the land. In the cases of a first registration application which doesn’t involve a change of ownership, the fee is calculated on the basis of the open market value of the land.

Scale 1 fees range from £20 up to £910 depending on the value or amount of the land and depending on how you apply for the registry too.

For Scale 1 there are reduced fees for voluntary first registrations and transfers of whole registered titles when you use the portal or Business Gateway, this will give you a 50% reduction in fees.

Scale 2 fees are calculated by assessing the value of the land where a transfer of the land is done for no monetary consideration, the fee is payable on the value of that share.

Scale 2 fees range from £20 up to £250 depending on the value of the land, and how you choose to choose to apply too.

You can get a reduction in the fees for Scale 2 in the following circumstances, transfers or assents of whole, charges of whole and transfer of charges. There is also a possibility of a reduction in fees for registered titles when you use the portal or Business Gateway.

Fixed Fee Applications

There are certain applications that you can make to the Land Registry that have a fixed fee, so the price of the land will not be taken into consideration when you make an application. These can include upgrading a title, caution against first registration, alter a cautions register, alteration of the register, determination of a boundary and more.

If you want to make an application for copies of certain documents, like leases and registers, these also have a fixed fee attached to them.

Prices for Fixed Fee Applications will vary depending on how you apply for them, and they can range from as little as £2 up to £130 depending on what you are applying for.

How to pay Land Registry Fees

To make a payment to the Land Registry for the services and applications but to them, you can pay via a cheque or postal order, which is made payable to HM Land Registry, send this with your application.

You can also pay by credit or debit card or cash, you will need to make an appointment at one of the offices local to you, ensure you bring your application with you when you make the payment.

You can also pay via variable direct debit if you have a Business e-services account.

Applications which are free from a fee

There are certain applications that you can make to the Land Registry that are exempt from a fee, these include, registering the death of a joint proprietor, making changes to the property description, changes made to a person who is referred to on the register, such as their name.