Farmer and landowner

If you own rural land you should be a member of the CLA

If you own land in the country we can give you the help and support you need to run your farm or estate, cut your costs and help you have a more profitable business. The CLA is the only organisation dedicated to defending your interests as a rural landowner and is your only truly independent and authoritative source of up-to-date advice. Whether you own forty acres or four thousand you should be a member.

Why you should be a member of the CLA

Receive free, unbiased, professional advice – you and your advisers have direct access to our national experts, both in London and your own area, who can help on every aspect of landownership law, taxation, environment, planning and land use.

Access reliable, topical information – regular emails, a monthly magazine, exclusive guidance notes and the CLA website keep you up to date with the latest developments shaping landownership.

Enhance your knowledge – CLA advisers keep you informed about proposed legislation that will influence how landowners run their farms, estates and rural businesses.

Change the political environment – we make sure landowners are considered all the way through the policy-making process and we have an enviable record of success in areas such as housing, planning and rural taxation. Find out how we work to protect your interests.

Share your issues – at unique member events you can share ideas and best practice with others to help you succeed with your own projects.

Maximise the value of your assets – our advice and support can help you add value to your land and property.

Develop your farming business – through our seminars and initiatives on diversification you can improve your business efficiency and expand your existing sources of revenue.

Make valuable connections – exchange views and share experience with fellow land and estate owners from around the country.

Source rural expertise find the specialist services and suppliers you need.

Gain peace of mind – rest assured that whatever issues you are facing there is always someone you can turn to.

Cut your costs – specially set up by the CLA to meet the needs of land and rural business owners, these services include CLA Insurance, CLA Energy Services and CLA Healthcare.

Anyone who owns rural land and property will benefit from joining the CLA.


How we can help you

Some typical member issues. CLA advisers can help with all these areas and more.

Capital Gains Tax – how can I make the most of any reliefs?

Basic Payment Scheme – who can clarify the compliance rules?

Rights of way – what can I do to stop the public coming on to my land?

Farming – how can I maximise all the potential opportunities of my farming business?

Contracts – who can ensure my contracts and licences are legal and compliant?

Employment – what are my current legal responsibilities?

Country sports – what is the law from the perspective of the landowner?

Fly-tipping – am I liable for clearing up rubbish tipped on my land?

Legal advice – how can I keep up to date with ever-changing legislation?

Travellers – where does the law stand and how can I move them on?

Property rights – who can explain my rights and responsibilities over my own land?

Heritage – how can I make the most of my listed buildings?

Diversification – what do I need to think about when diversifying?

Compulsory purchase – what are my rights and how can I secure compensation? 

Renewable energy – what is the best option for me?

Inheritance Tax – how can I avoid the threat to long-term family ownership?

Occupier’s liability – what are my legal obligations to people coming on to my land?

Planning – what do I need to bear in mind when applying for planning permission?

Utilities – what rights do utility companies have to come on to my land?


What does annual membership cost?

Membership starts from £239 for a year; the subscription is based on the number of acres you own and will be a fraction of the overall value of your land, property and business which your CLA membership protects.