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Council Land Register

The register contains details of all our land and building assets. It is updated on an annual basis.

About the data

This is a key dataset which the government wants local authorities to publish. The Land and Building data is provided by our Asset Management team. 

This dataset provides a comprehensive list of land and building assets we own, extracted from our asset register database on 24 April 2018 and provides a "snap-shot" of our property portfolio on that date for the financial year 2017/18.

Data format

Publication of these lists forms part of our commitment to being open and transparent with residents. The data is available in two formats, Adobe Acrobat PDF and comma separated variable (CSV) files.

What is included?

  • all service and office properties occupied or controlled by local authorities, both freehold and leasehold
  • any properties occupied or run under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts
  • all other properties local authorities own or use, for example, hostels, laboratories, investment properties and depots
  • garages unless rented as part of a housing tenancy agreement
  • surplus, sublet or vacant properties owned by local authorities
  • undeveloped land
  • serviced or temporary offices where contractual or actual occupation exceeds 3 months
  • all future authority commitments, for example under an agreement for lease, from when a contractual commitment is made

Some property records have been removed from the data provided as they are exempt from publication under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) such as properties that are used to house individuals.

What is exempt?

  • social housing
  • rent free properties provided by traders (such as information booths in public places or ports)
  • operational railways and canals
  • operational public highways (but any adjoining land not subject to public rights are included)
  • assets of national security
  • information deemed inappropriate for public access as a result of data protection and/or disclosure controls (eg. such as refuge houses).

Information being published

The following is a list of the information currently being published:

Unique asset identity

The unique asset identity refers to the individual asset as either a land or building/block or lease reference. There is at least one entry per asset or user/owner (e.g. on one site there could be several buildings or in one building there could be several users/floors/rooms). This identifier is the original reference number from the asset register.


The Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) is a unique twelve digit number assigned to every unit of land and property recorded by local government, this is a statutory obligation. The UPRN uniquely and definitively identifies every addressable location in the country. The numbers originate from Geo-Place (an OS and LGA joint venture).  

Property Name and Address

Details of the property name and address. This dataset includes Ordnance Survey derived data. 

Easting (Ordnance Survey National Grid) 

Northing (Ordnance Survey National Grid)

Tenure type

The tenure determines whether the local authority owns the freehold or a lease for the asset.

Tenure detail

The tenure is divided into further categories which refer to tenure or occupancy.

Holding type

 The holding type determines whether the asset is:

  • land only without permanent buildings (land)
  • land with a permanent building (land/|building)
  • building only (building)

Licence information

This data is published under the Open Government Licence which permits open onward reuse. This dataset includes Ordnance Survey derived data. As such, you may use this for personal, non-commercial use only. By accessing the data you are deemed to have accepted the Public Sector End User Licence: INSPIRE

A full dataset version including the GeoX, GeoY and UPRN derived from Ordnance Survey data can only be released for using the data to respond to, or interact with the Licensor to deliver or support the delivery of the Licensor's Core Business due to OS licensing restrictions under a PSMA end user licence Ordnance Survey End User Licence for use by Public Sector agreement members

If you wish to use this data for commercial purposes, then you should contact Ordnance Survey via Ordnance Survey Contacts or telephone 03456 050 505 to discuss how they can help you with your requirements.

Contact us
Asset Management
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Economic Development
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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