Land Registry Services

 

The core business of the Land Registry involves examining applications for registration. We also supply evidence of title and a range of associated services.

  1. Applications for registration.
  2. Applications for the purchase of the freehold under the Ground Rents Purchase Scheme.
  3. Certified copy folios/title map.
  4. Certified copy Instruments.
  5. Search facilities - mapping search, names index search.

 

Online services – www.landdirect.ie:

Many of the Land Registry services listed above are available online through our landdirect.ie website. To avail of our full online services you must open a Business Account with a minimum pre-payment of €125 made payable to the Property Registration Authority. 

If you are not a Business Account Holder, you can now search the Land Registry map online at www.mypropertytitle.ie. You can also view folios and order certified copy folios with maps on payment of the prescribed fee.

If you are not a subscriber to landdirect.ie you may still avail of our services by post or by calling to one of our public offices.

 

1. Applications for registration

  • Applications are prepared on behalf of the customer by qualified legal practitioners and submitted to the PRA for registration.
  • In making decisions on applications, staff apply a wide range of legislation, take account of court decisions and adhere to principles of natural and constitutional justice.
  • The legal impact of the documents and related maps lodged are then recorded on the folios and title plans of the Land Register.
  • The type of application lodged ranges from applications for first registration, transfers of part of a folio, charges (mortgages), burdens (e.g. right of way) etc.
  • The Land Registry Practice Directions and Legal Office Notices on this site provide guidance on the principles and procedures followed in making decisions on applications. However, this does not constitute legal advice and it is always recommended that you consult a qualified legal practitioner. Note that the Land Registry/Property Registration Authority is not an advisory body and cannot give advice on individual cases. 

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2. Applications for the purchase of the freehold under the Ground Rents Purchase Scheme

This is a scheme under which owners of leasehold property can purchase their Ground Rent and enlarge their interest into a freehold.  

The Ground Rents Purchase Explanatory leaflet, Application Forms and other relevant information are provided under Ground Rent Services.

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3. Certified Copy Folio/Title Map

The folios and title maps of the Register constitute a public record and any person may apply to inspect or obtain a copy folio/title plan, on payment of the appropriate fee.

  • If you know the relevant folio number you can apply for a copy by downloading and completing the Application Form for Copy Folio (fee €40) or Application Form for Copy Folio/Title Map showing appurtenant rights of way and/or other “special features”, if any, relating to the lands (fee €40) and sending the completed form together with a cheque/postal order for the appropriate fee to:
    Customer Service Unit
    Property Registration Authority
    Chancery Street
    Dublin 7
  • If you don’t know the relevant folio number you can apply for a mapping search or names index search to be carried out.

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4. Certified Copy Instruments

When an application for registration (a Dealing) is completed, the legal effect of the documents lodged is registered on the folio. A purchaser for value can rely on the folio as evidence of title without having to read the title deeds. The title documents are subsequently filed in the Land Registry in a file known as an “Instrument”.  

  • There are some circumstances in which an inspection of an Instrument may be applied for. However, not everyone is entitled to inspect an Instrument. The Instrument can only be inspected by the registered owner of the property, his personal representative and any person authorised by such persons or by an order of the court or under Rule 159 of the Land Registration Rules 2012.
  • Before completing an Application Form for Copy Instrument* under Rule 159 please read the guidelines attached to the form .You must specify why you consider yourself to be entitled to inspect and/or obtain a copy of the Instrument (or part of an Instrument).
  • Any person who is entitled to inspect an Instrument may obtain a copy of the Instrument, on payment of the appropriate fee.  
  • The completed application form along with appropriate identification and a cheque/postal order for the relevant fee (€40 per Instrument) should be lodged to:
    Customer Service Unit
    Property Registration Authority
    Chancery Street
    Dublin 7

* See Legal Office Notice 5/2010 – Personal Applications for Copy Instruments must be accompanied by a Personal Applicant’s Identification Form.

Please note: Instruments are stored off-site and will not be available on the day of request.

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5. Search facilities

Carrying out a mapping search will reveal if the property is registered in the Land Registry and will identify the relevant folio number.

To apply for a official mapping search (fee €40):

  • Outline the relevant plot in red on an Ordnance Survey Ireland map and send with your completed application Form 89 with a cheque/postal order for the relevant fee to;
    Customer Service Unit
    Property Registration Authority
    Chancery Street
    Dublin 7
    or
  • Attend at our public office and point out the relevant plot on the maps provided. Once the folio number has been identified you may then apply for a certified Copy Folio or Copy Folio/Title Plan.

To apply for a names index search (fee €5):

  • You must know the name and address of the current registered owner. (Otherwise you must apply for a mapping search as above).  
  • Send your completed application Form 88 together with a cheque/postal order for the relevant fee to: Customer Service Unit
    Property Registration Authority
    Chancery Street
    Dublin 7

If the result of a Search indicates that the property is not registered in the Land Registry it may have been dealt with in the Registry of Deeds.

The fees for Land Registry services are set out in the “Land Registration (Fees) Order, 2012 (S.I. No. 380 of 2012)

 

Updated 3 December 2012