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Common land and town or village greens

Land which is subject to common rights, owned by individuals and can include activities such as collecting firewood and grazing livestock is known as Common Land. Town or Village Greens are generally areas of land used by the public for recreational activities. Both these land types are registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and Commons Act 2006, and we are the Registration Authority for Staffordshire for both common land and town or village greens

Common land and town or village green search

If you wish to find out if land is registered as either common land or a town or village green you can do so via our free online search.

Registering land as a town or village green

You 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 permission),
  • by the inhabitants of a locality, or a neighbourhood within a locality.

Please note: There are 'trigger events' which may mean an application may not be accepted. Further information is available on GOV.UK. Completed forms need to be sent to us at land.charges@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Can I apply to change a register?

If you believe that land has been incorrectly regsitered as common land or a town or village green, you may apply to us to amend our registers. Amendments can only be made under Commons Act 2006 Section 19(2)(a) and Schedule 2 (6-9).

How much does it cost to change a register?

Please review our fees and charges.

Applications received to amend the common land and town or village green registers in Staffordshire:

Proposed Applications

  • None

Pending Applications

  • None

Determined Applications

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