Non-farming landowner

If you earn income from your land you should be a member of the CLA

CLA membership is essential for those who do not actively farm the land they own. This is because even though you allow others to farm your land you still retain all the responsibilities of ownership and you need to be aware of your rights. You will also need to keep up to date with the laws relating to rural landownership which are extensive and can change.

Why you should be a member of the CLA

Access reliable, topical information – regular emails, a monthly magazine, exclusive guidance notes and the CLA website alert you to important issues and forthcoming legislation that has an impact on landowners.

Receive free, unbiased, professional advice – our national experts, both in London and your own area, can ensure you understand your landowning rights and responsibilities and can help on every aspect of landownership  law, taxation, environment, planning and land use.

Make valuable connections  by socialising with your fellow land and property owners you can make valuable connections with people and information.

Extend your contacts – you can find the rural suppliers and specialist services you need through CLA's extensive network.

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

Expand your sources of revenue – through our seminars and initiatives on diversification you can get new ideas for generating income.

Protect the value of your land and property – as an owner of rural land, you need the influential voice of the CLA to protect its value and our continuous work protects your private property rights. Find out how we work to protect your interests.

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 Healthcare and CLA Energy Services.

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 if my contractor is meeting the cross compliance rules?

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

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

Contracts – who can ensure the contract arrangements with my tenants and contractors meet my requirements?

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

Employment – what are my current legal responsibilities?

Boundary disputes – how can I make sure I have what is rightfully mine?

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

Tenancy and grazing agreements – how can I ensure my agreements and licences are legal?

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

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

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

Renewable energy – what is the best option for me?

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?

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

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

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

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

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 and is based on the number of acres you own. Whether you contract out or let land, the subscription will be a fraction of the overall value of your land, property and business which your CLA membership protects.