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Commercial Ownership data is a subset of the Land Register, this lists registered titles relating to land or property where the registered legal owner is not a private individual or a Charity but does include Overseas companies. This dataset lists nearly all commercial titles registered in England and Wales.

The data is released at a title level, a title could be a plot of land or freehold or a block of flats. Doorda has transformed the data to break the titles down to address level where applicable. The data lists the legal owners of commercial premises and land but excludes Private Landlords as they are classified as private individuals.

The dataset contains:

  • The property title number which can be cross-referenced with the Land Registry
  • Name/s of owner/s
  • Price paid (where available), this is a recent addition so not all titles will have an entry
  • Date of purchase (Where available, see notes below (1))
  • Details of shared ownership as a title may be owned by more than one company
  • Property address (where applicable)
  • Company Numbers matched to companies house if they are registered in the UK
  • Hold type, i.e. Free or Lease, only leases granted for a term of more than seven years are compulsorily registrable and are included in this data (See Land Registration Act 2002)

Ownership categories

In addition to commercial owners name, the category of business they operate in is also captured, these include Housing Associations, Overseas Companies, Co-Ops and Local Authorities (a full list is available below). These categories can be used to identify social housing and areas dominated by individual companies.


  1. Dates are automatically entered by HM Land Registry casework systems but in some circumstances may be overwritten and left blank, for example, where two individual titles are amalgamated. Where a date is shown this might not be the date that the proprietor was first registered. For example, if a limited company owned a property and then transferred it to itself and another entity, the date shown, if any, will be the date of the registration of the transfer to itself and the other entity.
  2. Full list of ownership categories below:

Community Benefit Society – An incorporated body that conducts business for the benefit of the community, reinvesting profits in the community.
Co-operative Society – Businesses that are run for the benefit of their members, distributing profits between their members.
Corporate Body – An organisation that has its own legal rights and responsibilities.
County Council – The elected governing body of an administrative County.
Housing Association Community Benefit Society – An incorporated body which is also a housing association that conducts business for the benefit of the community, reinvesting profits in the community.
Housing Association Co-operative Society – A housing association that is run for the benefit of their members, distributing profits between their members.
Housing Association Registered Society – A housing association that is also a registered society.
Housing Association/Society (Company) – A housing association that is a company.
Housing Association/Society (Corporate Body) – A housing association that is a corporate body.
Industrial and Provident Society – All Industrial and Provident Societies are now Registered Societies.
Limited Company or Public Limited Company – A company where the liability for debts is limited either by guarantee or by reference to the number of shares issued. The majority of companies are limited.
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – An LLP is a corporate body and has legal identity separate from that of its members. It can hold property in its own right and has unlimited powers to deal with estates.
Local Authority – An administrative body in local government.
Registered Society – A society that is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
Unlimited Company – An unlimited company is a company with unlimited liability for its debts.
Community Interest Company – A company registered under Part 2 of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004. They are social enterprises that trade with a social purpose and with the assets and profits being used for the benefit of the community.
Societas Europaea – These are companies set up within the territory of the EU under Council Regulation (EC) 2157/2001 and the related UK legislation – European Public Limited-Liability Company Regulations 2004 – in the form of a European public limited-liability company.