Legal Mapping

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History of Land Mapping in Ireland:
There are two systems for the registration of title in Ireland – the registration of documents in the Registry of Deeds and the registration of title in the Land Registry, both under the control and management of the Property Registration Authority of Ireland (PRAI). Both systems are mutually exclusive. Property registered in the Registry of Deeds is regarded to be “unregistered” and property registered in the Land Registry is regarded as being “registered”.

 When title is registered in the Land Registry, the deeds are filed in the Registry and all relevant particulars pertaining to the property and its ownership are entered on folios which forms the register maintained in the Land Registry. The title shown on the folios is guaranteed by the State which is bound to indemnify any person who suffers a loss through a mistake made by the Land Registry. In conjunction with folios, the Land Registry also maintains Land Registry maps.

Both the Registry of Deeds and the Land Registry are under the control and management of the Property Registration Authority. Since the late 1960s, there has been an ongoing and continuous move away from the older Registry of Deeds system in favour of the Land Registry. This has been facilitated by the introduction of compulsory registration of all titles in the Land Registry on a phased basis. From the 1stJune 2011, compulsory registration has been extended to all Counties in Ireland.

The implication of compulsory registration is that any Unregistered Property purchased in Ireland since 1st June 2011, is subject to compulsory First Registration of the title in the Land Registry in accordance with Property Registration Authority Rules.

The consequences for Vendors of unregistered property are that:-

  • Vendors must provide an Ordnance Survey Map suitable for Property Registration Authority Mapping requirements;
  • Vendors may be required by the Purchasers’ solicitors to provide an Undertaking to the purchaser on closing that, within two years of completion of the sale, they will at the cost of the Purchaser provide any additional information which they are reasonably able to supply and produce any documents in their possession that may be required to effect such registration.

The benefits of a Land Registry title are as follows:-

  • The Title is guaranteed by the State.
  • The State will indemnify anyone who suffers a loss as a result of a mistake made by the Land Registry.
  •  Evidence of title and ownership is contained in a single document, which contains a map that is drawn to Ordnance Survey standards.
  • Title details and property information is now available on-line.

You can confirm whether or not the property that you are selling or purchasing is registered or unregistered with the Land Registry here;


Land Registry Mapping Service:

We provide a full Land Mapping Service for all First Registrations, Subdivisions and in cases where a map is required to clarify a Will of Testament. We visit the property, confirm that the boundaries illustrated on the map match the actual boundaries (this is not always the case), measure the site area and certify the map as being accurate. The registration of apartments can be a more complicated process. Please contact us for a competitive quote. Maps can usually be turned around in a day or two depending on the complexity of the map.

Below are some examples of Land Registry Compliant Maps that have been prepared by us:

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Declarations of Identity:

Declarations of Identity can also be produced for property boundaries.

We provide Legal Mapping in Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan and surrounding counties. To book a Land Survey please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will provide a quote as soon as possible.