What is the legal boundary? – The legal boundary is an imaginary or invisible line that separates one person’s property from another. It does not have thickness or width and is rarely identified with any precision either on the ground or in the title deeds, and is not shown on Ordnance Survey mapping.

What is the physical boundary? – The physical boundary is a feature that can be seen, such as a fence, wall or a hedge. The legal boundary may follow any physical boundary structure but might just as easily run along one particular side of the fence, wall or hedge, or include all or part of any adjoining roadway or stream.

Under section 60 of the Land Registration Act 2002, you can fix your boundaries more precisely by sending the Land Registry a very precise plan showing where the exact line of the boundary is, using Form DB. This procedure is known as ‘determining the boundary’.

The Land Registry oversees 23 million title deeds showing proof of ownership of land or property in England and Wales. However, due to the nature of their  General Boundaries System for title plans and the fact that ordnance survey maps are more often than not out of date, anomalies about the boundary line usually occur at, during or after the sale or transfer of ownership of a piece of land or property.

Further to this, only 80% of land is registered in England and Wales, which means that 20% still has no proof of ownership attributed to it at all. At Aerial Land Surveys LTD we are fortunate to have one or two very experienced Land Surveyors who would be able to help you with all aspects of your boundary related issue including:

  • Determination of individual parcel boundaries.
  • The subdivision of land.
  • The provision of lease and conveyance plans.
  • Boundary demarcation.
  • Boundary dispute resolution and expert witness
  • Assessment of land areas for sale

One of our experts would be more than happy to discuss your boundary issues with you so please feel free to give us a call.


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