Town and village greens—making an application
Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers
Town and village greens—making an application

The following Property guidance note Produced in partnership with Stephen Morgan of Landmark Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Town and village greens—making an application
  • Registration authorities
  • Who can apply?
  • Exclusion of right to apply
  • Supporting evidence
  • Procedure for determining applications
  • Time limits for registration
  • Landowner statement
  • Appeal rights and rights to legal challenge

Registration authorities

Applications for registration of a town and village green (TVG) are made to the registration authority for the area of land which is the subject of the TVG. This is usually the county council, unitary authority metropolitan district council or London borough. If the land comes under the jurisdiction of more than one registration authority, the application should be made to the authority within whose area the majority of the land lies.

Statutory criteria for registration

The registration authority will only accept the application if the statutory criteria for registration are satisfied.

See Practice Note: What is a town or village green?

Outside the pilot areas, which were extended in December 2014 (see below), applications are still governed by the Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens)(Interim Arrangements)(England) Regulations 2007 (the 2007 Regulations).

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply to register a TVG; it need not be the landowner.

Landowners can apply under the Commons Act 2006 (CoA 2006), s 15(8) to register their land voluntarily as a TVG. An application can only be made if consent is first obtained from any lease or charge holders of the land, eg tenants or mortgagees: see Defra Guidance notes for the completion of an application for the registration of land as a town or village green outside the pioneer implementation areas.