To register land as a green: non-pioneer areas

  • First check with your registration authority (county or unitary council) to see whether it is already registered. If it is not, ask the authority for Form 44 and the regulations contained in the Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) (Interim Arrangements) England) or (Wales) Regulations 2007.
  • Here is a link to Defra’s guidance notes for the completion of an application for the registration of land as a town or village green outside the pioneer implementation areas

To register land as a green: pioneer areas

  • If you live in Blackburn with Darwen, Cornwall, Devon, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent Lancashire, Cumbria or North Yorkshire please note that these are pioneer areas and the relevant regulations are contained in the Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2008. You will need a Form C9, which can be obtained from your registration authority by following the links on our Commons Act 2006 page.

We published a revised third edition[1] of our book Getting Greens Registered in response to the major changes in legislation introduced in the Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013. The book is a practical guide etc to the application process and includes a draft evidence form.

Defra’s website provides general information and guidance on registering land as a town or village green in England and the corresponding information for Wales can be found on the Welsh Government’s website.


[1]This edition does not yet take account of the recent Supreme Court judgments on Moorside Fields in Lancashire and Leach Grove Wood in Surrey, but we shall update it shortly.  In the meantime you can read our notes on this case here.


Sugary Green, Dartmouth, Devon registered 2011