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For other uses, see Premise (disambiguation).

Premises are land and buildings together considered as a property. This usage arose from property owners finding the word in their title deeds, where it originally correctly meant "the aforementioned; what this document is about", from Latin prae-missus = "placed before".

In this sense, the word is always used in the plural, but singular in construction. Note that a single house or a single other piece of property is "premises", not a "premise", although the word "premises" is plural in form; e.g. "The equipment is on the customer's premises", never "The equipment is on the customer's premise".

In the information technology ("IT") industry, an increasingly common error surprisingly made by marketing professionals and their C-suite executives is the use of the term "on-premise" instead of the correct "on-premises" when discussing the location of IT infrastructure. The word "premise" has nothing to do with location.

Law relating to premises[edit]

See Land law

Liability of owner of premises in tort[edit]

See Duty of care#Land

Transfer of ownership of premises[edit]

See Conveyancing

Premises registration[edit]

Premises registration is "a way to locate where livestock or dead animals are kept or congregated."[1] In the United States, it is voluntary according to the USDA, but may be mandatory for each state.[1]

As of January 13, 2009 the USDA has entered into the federal register a document which provides for the expansion of implementation of a mandatory national animal identification system to be effective January 2010. Citizens may go here [1] to enter their comments and concerns about the expected effects of such limitations imposed by this action.


  1. ^ a b State of Wisconsin website Livestock Premises Registration page. Retrieved January 12, 2009.

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