Your business and your land

Whether you are actively farming or you are a landowner with a contractor or tenants – you should be a member of the CLA.

CLA can help you to use your land effectively now and also keep control and ownership for an unpredictable future.


Please note to download this document you need to be a registered user of the CLA website.

If you own land you have opportunities, rights and responsibilities

Many landowners join the CLA to ask for impartial professional advice, to make better use of their assets, to clarify where the law stands and to prevent expensive and often unnecessary court actions. Common areas affecting landowners include:

  • land use
  • ownership
  • contracts
  • employment
  • planning
  • irrigation
  • health and safety
  • joint venture agreements
  • tenancies
  • diversification
  • forestry
  • renewable energy
  • redundant farm buildings
  • farm cottages

Free advice for members

How can you maximise all the potential opportunities of your farming business? Many companies and consultants will offer high rewards but which can be trusted and where does the law stand? If you become a member of the CLA you can find out.

You will receive free, independent professional advice – advice which is aimed at achieving the early and successful resolution of your opportunity or problem and which normally far outweighs your cost of membership. (For many members the annual subscription costs less than one hour of a professional’s time.)

CLA’s in-house team advises on land use, planning, legal and tax matters and our advisers are experts in their field; in addition, there are surveyors and regional advisers throughout the regions to help you at local level.

As well as the advice CLA members can access, the majority of our members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous monitoring of the law, acting to improve legislation on behalf of landowners.

You can also have the real advantage of finding out what has worked for other members. Which diversification or renewable energy projects really make money? What are the pitfalls and what are the opportunities?


Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term.


Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision-makers at national and local levels including ensuring that the countryside is kept at the heart of Government planning. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets.

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future.