Local Land Charges

Local land charges

The Land Charges team are based on floor 3 of the Civic Centre.

The Local Land Charges service is a vital link in the conveyancing market. The team are responsible for providing a statutory service for the co-ordination and accurate completion of official land and property searches required during conveyancing. We are also responsible for the maintenance of and access to the statutory Local Land Charges register.

Buying a property is the most risky and expensive purchase people make in a lifetime. Local searches are reports which provide buyers with important information about a property to help with the decision on whether to proceed with the purchase. Not having the information up front could have future consequences.


On Wednesday 14 December 2016 some important changes were made to the Land Charges Service. This included the implementation of the new 2016 Search Forms and new fee scales. Please see attachments below for further information.

We would also like to make you aware that the City Council will not by implementing VAT on Con29 Searches on 1 January 2017. Please see customer letter dated 21.12.16 for further information regarding this.

Benefits of our searches

Our searches are provided quickly, are competitively priced and we guarantee the quality which is crucial when you are buying or selling any property or land.

This is how we can help you:

  • Competively priced, our residential search (LLC1 and CON29R) is now £83.60 and a commercial search is £92.70
  • Completed fast usually between 4 and 10 working days.
  • We provide quality, accuracy and fully completed comprehensive answers to all our reports.
  • Variety of payment methods. Cheque, Cash, Debit/Credit Card, Invoice and Bacs.
  • We offer electronic return via email and NLIS.
  • Easy ways to apply. Post, DX, NLIS Level 3, Fax, Email, Web Portal, hand delivery and also only one search form and plan is required.
  • Easy ways to obtain search request forms from the link below.
  • Easy way to submit a local search via our new local search web portal.
  • Provide quality assurance and a product you can trust.
  • Compiled by experts in each field relating to Land Charges, Highways, Planning, Building regulations, Housing, Pollution, and Property
  • Covered by council insurance for many years to come eliminating risk for all concerned.
  • Variety of search types to suit your needs.
  • Legally binding document endorsed with the official stamps of the council.
  • Backed by the law society.
  • Any discrepancies on an official search will be resolved for free in minutes with our experienced local search team.
  • We do not return incorrect search applications, we contact you first saving you time and money.
  •  Pre-search and post-search service.
  • If you choose to have a personal search it is in your interests to ensure that any insurance they offer covers you after exchange. The council has no repsonsibility for this type of search and any queries arising from these will involve a fee.

Local Land Charges Awards 2017
Vote here for the Customer Satisfaction Award for Local Authority Searches

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