Re-Use of Public Sector Information
The Property Registration Authority (PRA) complies with the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information and we encourage the re-use of the information allowed for such purpose. Excluding the information and documents obtained via our online service www.landdirect.ie , any information and documents from websites operated by the PRA may be reproduced and/or re-used subject to the latest PSI licence available at www.psi.gov.ie
“Re-use” in relation to a document held by a public sector body, means the use by an individual or legal entity of the document for commercial or non-commercial purposes other than the initial purpose within the public task for which the document was produced, but does not include the exchange of such documents between public sector bodies solely for the purpose of performing their functions.
Services provided by the PRA as part of its statutory remit
The Property Registration Authority
There are two separate systems for recording transactions in relation to property in Ireland: the registration of title system which provides a state guaranteed title to property and the registration of deeds system which records the priority of the registered deeds and conveyances as between themselves and as between other deeds and documents. In this context a “ title” is the ownership of an interest in property and a “deed” is a document in writing which affects property. Both systems are under the control of the Property Registration Authority (PRA).
Functions of the Land Registry
The public task of the Land Registry is governed by the Registration of Title Act 1964 and the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006. It is also governed by the Land Registration Rules 2012 (the LR Rules).
1. Registration of Title.
The core business of the Land Registry involves examining legal documents and related maps, deciding on them and recording their legal impact on the registers and maps.
2. Maintain a register in folios
Under the Registration of Title Act 1964 (as amended by the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006) the PRA is obliged to maintain
(a) registers of
(i) ownership of freehold land and
(ii) ownership of leasehold interests,
excluding incorporeal hereditaments held in gross;
(b) a register of ownership of
(i) land comprising incorporeal hereditaments held in gross;
(ii) such other rights in land as may be prescribed
Rule 3(2) of the LR Rules requires that “Each ownership registered shall be identified by a distinguishing number to be called the folio or title number”.
3. Maintain a names index and an index of lands
Rule 9(1) of the LR Rules obliges the PRA to maintain a index of names and an index of lands.
4. Maintain Registry Maps
Under section 84 of the Registration of Title Act 1964 (as amended by section 61 of the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006) and Rule 146 (as amended) the PRA is required to maintain registry maps for the plans of property described in the registers.
5. Search & copy facilities
Rule 165 of the LR Rules allows any person, on payment of the prescribed fee, to search in the registry maps, the index of names, the index of lands and the folios of the registers. Copies of folios or maps or extracts from folios or maps may be obtained under this Rule and (section 108 (1)) of the 1964 Act as substituted by section 66 of the 2006 Act.
Rule 159 of the LR Rules provides for the inspection and copy by specified parties of any document filed in the Registry on a dealing or transaction with the property of the owner.
Land Registry – fees
All of the above services are available on payment of the prescribed fee laid down by the Land Registration (Fees) Order, 2012 (S.I. No. 380 of 2012).
6. Electronic services – landdirect.ie
The information and documents referred to above may also be obtained (by account holders) via our electronic access service www.landdirect.ie.
Ground Rents Scheme
The PRA operates the Ground Rents Purchase Scheme under the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (No. 2) Act 1978. Under this Scheme, owners of leasehold property can purchase their Ground Rent either through a consent or arbitration procedure. A register is maintained of all awards made by the Arbitrators in pursuance of the scheme. The register can be inspected on payment of the required fee. For full information on Ground Rents with guidelines on how to make an application to purchase the fee simple under the Scheme and to obtain copies of the relevant forms, see the Ground Rents Services section of this website.
Ground Rents services are available on payment of the prescribed fee laid in the Ground Rents (Fees) Order, 1984 – S.I. No. 194 of 1984, as amended by the Euro Changeover (Amounts) Act, 2001
Functions of the Registry of Deeds
- Registration of Deeds
The core business of the Registry of Deeds is to provide a system of registration for deeds affecting unregistered land. Deeds which are registered in the Registry of Deeds have legal priority over unregistered deeds or deeds registered later in time.
- Maintain a Names Index
- Maintain Memorials and abstracts
- Copy memorials
Registry of Deeds -Fees
All of the above services are available on payment of the prescribed fee as laid in S.I. No. 346 of 1999, as amended by the Euro Changeover (Amounts) Act, 2001
Data available for re-use
The PRA provides access to the Registers in accordance with its statutory remit and on payment of the prescribed fee. Excluding the information and documents obtained under this remit you may re-use any other information and documents on www.prai.ie or in our hard copy publications free of charge. The information featured on www.prai.ie and in our publications, is the copyright of the PRA.
Re-use of the information available on www.prai.ie or in our other publications is subject to the following conditions. You must:
- Acknowledge the source and our copyright in cases where you supply the information to others;
- Reproduce the information accurately;
- Not use the information in a misleading way;
- Not use the information for the principal purpose of advertising or promoting a particular product or service;
- Not use the information for or in support of illegal, immoral, fraudulent or dishonest purposes.
The permission to re-use material does not extend to any material which may be the property of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.
The PRA is not liable for any loss or liability associated with the re-use of such information and does not certify that such information is up-to-date or error free. The PRA does not authorise any user to have exclusive rights to the re-use of its information.
The Property Registration Authority maintains the following information on its website:
Structure & Organisation
The Land Register
Size of Land Register
Land Registry services
Registry of Deeds services
Names of Authority Members
Frequently Asked Questions
Ground Rents Services
Conversion of Title
Common Land Registry Forms
Terms & Conditions & Notices
For full details of the information maintained on this website see the drop down list on the left hand side of the home page.
The information above is provided to improve public access to information and exists only for the convenience of those who use this website. While every effort is made in preparing material for publication no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the PRA or the State for any errors, omissions or misleading statements on these pages or any site to which these pages connect. Although every effort is made to ensure the reliability of listed sites this cannot be taken as an endorsement of these sites.
The Regulations regarding re-use of public sector information do not affect existing regimes in respect of copyright, intellectual property, protection of personal data or Freedom of Information, and do not permit the release of information in a manner that is otherwise prohibited by law. Public bodies are not compelled to provide, or to continue to provide, information.
For further information on the re-use of information maintained by the Property Registration Authority please contact:
Liz McDonnell, Property Registration Authority, Chancery Street, Dublin 7
Tel: 01 – 804 8039, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org – please quote “Liz McDonnell” in the subject header.
This document is subject to further consideration by the Property Registration Authority in the near future.
Updated 16 May 2016