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Common land and village greens

Apply to register a green

You can apply to register land as common land or as a town or village green. You must show that it has been consistently used for sports and recreation for at least the last 20 years.

A landowner can apply to register land voluntarily.

You cannot apply to register land if it is earmarked for potential development in the planning system. There is no charge when you apply.

If there are objections, it may go to a public inquiry and the applicant will have to cover any costs.

Find out how to apply to register land as common land or as a town or village green on GOV.uk.