NORTHERN IRELAND Area: 5,467 square miles – 14,160 square kilometres 220 miles of coastline – 531 kilometres Six Counties: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone Population: 1.81 million Land Registry operates three Registers: Registry of Deeds – paper based system, no map. Operational since 1708. No Government Guarantee of Title. Land Registry – map based system, operational since 1892. Carries Government Guarantee of Title. Statutory Charges Register – map based system, operational since 1970. Contains details of statutory charges which affect lands eg Listed Buildings/Tree Preservation Orders. Land Registry is part of Land & Property Services (LPS), formed as an Agency in 2007 but deagentised in 2013. The other parts of LPS are: Valuation & Mapping (formerly Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland); Revenues & Benefits (dealing with payment of rates and rate reliefs); and Business Services (dealing with Corporate Governance). We operate under a private Finance Initiative Contract with British Telecom (BT) – contract for 15 years from 2004 to 2019. Contract was to transform Land Registry from a paper based organisation to an IT based organisation – now almost all work done electronically. Our in-house IT system is Landweb. Our Direct Access Customer System is Landweb Direct – customers can view Folios and Maps on-line but must request copies of other documents. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS Technical upgrade of Landweb System currently underway: E-signatures. E-payments. E-discharges. Review of Land Registration Act (NI) 1970 and Land Registration Rules (NI) 1994. Commencement of two year Positional Improvement Programme to upgrade Land Registry Maps. Accommodation move May/June 2014. Digitisation of the Registry of Deeds Archive.