Registering a village green
The Commons Act 2006 allows for applications to be made to
register land as a new village green. You will need to show that
the land in question has been used:
- for a period of at least 20 years
- for the purposes of lawful sports and pastimes
- 'as of right' (for example, without force, secrecy or
- by the inhabitants of a locality, or a neighbourhood within a
Alternatively, a landowner may voluntarily register land as a
new village green, in which case, it is not necessary to
demonstrate a set period of use.
Further details can be obtained by downloading our
village green application pack (PDF, 220k). Before making an
application, please check the
applications register (PDF, 32k) to ensure that we have not
already received an application for the land in question.
You can view the current consultations, public inquiries and recent
Following the enactment of the Growth and Infrastructure Act
2013, it is now no longer possible to make a Village Green
application in relation to land that is affected by, or has been
identified for development. This does not affect any existing
applications made before 25 April 2013.
The application pack will be updated shortly to reflect the
changes. In the meantime, anyone thinking of making an application
which may be affected by the new provisions is invited to discuss
the application with the Commons Registration Team.