Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires all public authorities to make information available proactively by virtue of the Publication Scheme provisions set out in section 19 of the Act.

Land Registry will adopt a new model Publication Scheme from 1 January 2009 as approved by the Information Commissioner.

The Land Registration Rule Committee will also adopt the new model Publication Scheme for Non Departmental Public Bodies from 1 January 2009.

Since 1 January 2005 you have the following rights regarding information held by Land Registry:

  • to be told (in writing) whether Land Registry holds the information specified in your request, and
  • to have that information communicated to you if it is being held by Land Registry and is not covered by one or more of the specific exemptions set out in the FOI Act 2000.

Access under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation is all about obtaining information. If you as an individual or company want to re-use the information supplied then you must ask Land Registry for permission. Re-use involves making copies, publishing the information and perhaps commercially exploiting it. Re-use is therefore very closely linked to copyright and licensing. For this reason, if we supply you with documents under Freedom of Information this does not automatically grant you the right to re-use those documents.

The Act does specify a number of exemptions from this right to information. These include matters of national security, commercial or contractual information and court records. Personal data (information about you as an individual) which may be held by Land Registry can be requested in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

For more information, refer to the Ministry of Justice's Freedom of information web pages.