Land charges property search

A local land charge is a restriction or charge registered against a property or piece of land. A search of the Local Land Charges register will ensure anyone who wants to buy land are told about any obligations enforced by councils eg protected trees, enforcement notices or outstanding grants.

Full Local Authority searches

In addition to a search of the Local Land Charges register, a full Local Authority search will include responses to the CON29 form which provides additional information held by the Local Authority such as planning history, who maintains the highway and building regulations compliance.

Responses to additional enquiries (CON29O) can also be provided if you require more information, such as common land or public paths or byways.

How to request a search

Search returns

We aim to return all local authority search requests within ten days. Results can be returned electronically by e-mail or uploaded to an online portal.

Buying and selling advice

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has recently published guidance on "How to buy a home" and "How to sell a home". This guidance has been developed following consultation with stakeholders including the Local Land Charges Institute.

Please find links to the guidance here: Buying a home  and Selling a home  

You can inspect the Local Land Charges Register yourself using one of the computers in our reception area.

We can provide all Enquiries of Local Authorities (CON29R) information for personal searches. Our schedule of registers document explains the information available.

Personal searches are not covered by our insurance, unlike those we carry out. We are not responsible for the information included in a personal search and no claim can be made against us if the results are not correct.

Any relevant information about roads and highways is available from the Highways Information Team.

You may also need to contact the water and drainage companies

Search type Fee £ Notes
LLC1 & CON29R (full search) 148.40

Includes £45.60 for Surrey County Council highways information. The fee for a CON29 (only) is £122.40.

Charges for Local Authority searches document

LLC1 only 26  
CON29O questions (part 2) 20.40 Each  
Additional Parcel(s) 24 Each  
Solicitor's own questions 60  
Personal Search No Charge

You can inspect the Local Land Charges Register yourself using one of the computers in our reception area during office opening hours.

Updated search 54 Within six months of receipt of original search.
Copy of planning decision No charge Search for the planning decision
Copy of duplicate search No charge Please email