Land Charges

Please note we are currently receiving high volumes of calls, emails and search requests. We please ask that customers are patient and a member of staff will call you back as soon as possible if you leave a message.

We are responsible for maintaining the local land charges register and checking source data on local planning, building control and environmental health issues.

When buying property or land, your solicitor will contact us to enquire about any restrictions on the land.

What search do you need?

Local Authority Search

This includes two key searches:

Local Land Charge Register Search (LLC1) – looking for restrictions on land/property including listed status, conservation areas, tree protection orders, improvement/renovation grants, smoke control zones, planning agreements and planning permissions.

CON29 – information including highways, new roads/railways, planning decisions, contaminated land, statutory notices, breaches of planning/building regulations and compulsory purchase orders.

Optional searches

CON29O – Notices concerning land maintenance, environment and pollution, application on roads by private bodies and completion notices. This is submitted along with your standard enquiry form (fee payable per additional enquiry).

Personal searches

Purchaser, their solicitor or instructed agents can search the local land charges register.

Booking a Personal Search Appointment

  • Personal search bookings must be sent via email using the new form and there is approximately a 5 week wait for an appointment due to the volume of personal searches currently being received.

What about Fees?

Information about fees for land charges can be found on the Land Charges Fees page

Please note that fees increase as of 01 April 2019, details can be found via the above link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me who owns a piece of land?

We don’t hold property ownership information but the Land Registry can help.

What is the NLIS?

The National Land Information Service provides electronic searches.

How long does a search take?

Upon receipt of a valid search request and payment, it will take up to 10 working days.

Last Updated: 21 March 2019