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Local land charges search

When you buy property or land it is advisable to have a Local Land Charges search carried out. The council keeps a register of all local land charges that affect a property.

A search of the register is made to ensure that prospective purchasers are not caught unawares by any charge placed on the land or property which may be enforceable against owners.

Here are some examples of what a full local authority search will reveal, depending on what questions have been asked:

  • the planning history of the site
  • the planning policies which affect the site
  • building control history
  • enforcement notices
  • tree preservation orders
  • listed building status
  • conservation areas
  • grants

The search is normally organised by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer on your behalf as part of your conveyancing process.

If you wish to apply for a Local Land Charges Search yourself please contact us using the details below.

We aim to turn around our searches in ten working days.

For other information affecting the property including land ownership, building control and sewage please see our useful contacts found at the end of this section.