All Business e-services customers can test out our new free-to-use web-based MapSearch service available through the portal.

MapSearch is an instantaneous, self-service alternative to our Search of the Index Map (SIM) service.

At no cost, MapSearch users can:

  • quickly establish whether land or property is registered
  • view the location of registered land/property
  • obtain title numbers, details of freehold or leasehold tenure and other registered interests.

Customers who require the benefit of the indemnity provisions for this information will still need to apply for a SIM.

MapSearch is currently in a public ‘beta’ phase, which means it’s being tested while we establish whether we’re ready to launch it in March.

Customers made 13,000 searches with the new service in the first week it was available through the portal.

This phase follows a trial with a small number of customers over the past couple of months that has helped us develop and improve the service.

To access the service log into the portal and select MapSearch from the ‘Information Services’ menu on the left-hand side of the portal home page.

What’s the difference between information from MapSearch and a SIM result?

MapSearch Search of the Index Map (SIM)
Cost Free There is a fee (see our Fee Order)
How to carry out a search Self serve on a digital map Submit an electronic or postal SIM application to Land Registry
How to obtain results Instantly (self serve) Once processed, Land Registry returns the results digitally or by post
Does the result have the benefit of indemnity provisions (Schedule 8, Land Registration Act 2002)? No Yes

Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Digital Communications and Editorial Officer at HM Land Registry