What is a Local land charge search?
When buying a property or piece of land, your solicitor will submit a local search request to the council. A local search protects the purchaser against unknowingly inheriting land charges, prohibitions held against the property or land and will warn of future proposals
We will investigate and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from different council departments including planning and building control, environmental services and highways services.
What type of searches can I do?
- official local authority search
- personal search under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Local authority search
A local search is part of the legal process to transfer the ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer.
The majority of mortgage lenders insist on an official local search being carried out which is in two parts:
The official Local Land Charges Certificate is a record of all the local land charges registered against the property. The register contains:
- outstanding liabilities for road and other financial charges
- tree preservation orders
- conditional planning consents and agreements
- notices relating to the making of a compulsory purchase order, to name but a few
The Enquiries of Local Authorities form asks questions relating to the property such as:
- road schemes
- the planning history
- proposed yellow lines or road calming measures
- tree preservation orders to be made
- various notices which affect the property
How do I request a local search?
To perform a local search, please send us an email containing:
- the type of search required
- the address and a plan showing the boundaries of the property in red
- a statement of your willingness to pay and that a cheque will be forwarded
A personal search is a personal inspection of all the data required to compile a property search enquiry. Personal searches are usually carried out by a private search company, who use the information as part of their own property search and may charge you a fee for providing this service.
If a private search company undertakes your search and you need further explanations from the information provided, you will have to go back to that search company, as the authority’s land charges staff will not be able to assist you.
How can I do a personal search?
The Local Land Charges register can be viewed at the One Stop Shop in the town hall. A procedure note will be available.
Personal searches are not covered by Section 10(3) of the Local Land Charges Act 1975, which relates to compensation for loss.
Charges and other information
A full list of charges can be viewed here