Land Charges

We are currently dealing with a high volume of enquiries and searches

04 December 2018

  • Due to significant volumes of calls, e-mails and local searches, it is currently taking longer than 1 working day to respond to voice mails and 5 working days for e-mails.
  • Local searches are currently over the statutory 10 working days, we are working to ensure we meet this deadline in the next few weeks.
  • Personal search bookings must be sent using the new form and there is approximately a 2 week wait for an appointment due to the volume of personal searches currently being received

We will respond to all e-mails as soon as possible.  We are hoping normal service levels will resume.
Apologies if this cause any inconvenience.

Please ensure all emails are sent to  in order for us to effectively deal with your enquiries.

Thank you for your patience. 


What do we do?

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.

Booking a Personal Search Appointment

You can book a 30-minute personal search appointment with our team on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:00-11:30 and 14:00-16:00.

Up to four properties may be searched at each appointment, providing address information is supplied at least two working days beforehand. You may only attend one booking per day.

To book, please call 01908 252317 to confirm:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Addresses to be searched
  • Sitemap of ‘as plan’ properties, with the property clearly outlined in red
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.

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.

What about Fees?

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

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: 6 December 2018