Local land charges searches
A solicitor, licensed conveyancer or personal search company usually applies for a search to be made, but private individuals or organisations can also make them.
How can I request a land search?
To request a land search request, please:
- fill in the relevant local land charges form(s)
- prepare a document showing the boundary of your search area
and then email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also send the forms by post. If you do send them by post, please include two copies of all documents. Please send them to:
Local Land Charges
Waverley Borough Council
DX address: 58303 Godalming 1
Once we receive the forms, we will contact you to organise payment.
Submit searches online using the National Land Information Service
The National Land Information Service (NLIS) provides electronic access to all the official sources of land and property information across the whole of England and Wales. You can submit Local Authority searches online using their website: http://www.nlis.org.uk/.
How long does it take to process?
You should receive the search results within 3-5 working days.
The cut off point for accepting new searches each day is 10.30am. If we receive your search request after this time we will begin processing it the following working day.
Please note: We do not provide a service for expediting searches. All searches are treated equally in this respect, so the searches that arrive at our offices sooner will be processed sooner.
How much does it cost?
The table below shows the fees for submitting the various forms.
PLEASE NOTE: Following HMRC’s decision regarding VAT and the CON29R and CON29O forms, Waverley Borough Council plans to add VAT to our current fees once VAT is applicable to them. At present, the start date for this is 4th July 2016. The table below shows how this will affect our fees for searches.
|**These fees include the Surrey County Council surcharge for answering questions related to highways (£32/CON29R, £14/CON29O per question).|
(effective from 4th July 2016)
|CON29O||£15 per question**||£18 per question|
|Additional questions||£20 per question||n/a|
|Extra parcels of land (full search)||£20 per parcel||£23|
|Extra parcels of land (LLC1 only)||£5 per parcel||n/a|
|Extra parcels of land (CON29R only)||£15 per parcel||£18|
Guidance on what is construed as an 'extra parcel of land' can be found on page 2 of the LLC1 form. (In the instance that you are searching a single flat/apartment in a block, we will not charge for extra parcels provided you have specified which flat/apartment you are searching.)
If you are uncertain about whether your search area contains any extra parcels of land, you can email a scanned copy of your plan to us at email@example.com and we will respond to you with a quote.
Is it possible to cancel my search request?
Yes, however once we have received your instruction to proceed with the search, you must notify us that you wish to cancel your search by 12pm on the day we start processing it. Beyond this time it will be too late for us to halt the process.
What is a land search and why do I need one?
If you are looking to buy any land or property, before doing so you may need to request a Local Land Charges search (also referred to as a Local Authority search or a land search).
The results of a search will reveal any information that the Council holds that will be relevant to your decision to purchase, such as whether the land has any land charges upon it, a full copy of the planning history and details about any public highways (roads, footpaths, bridleways, etc) in the area.
What is a Land Charge?
Land charges come in many varieties, but what they all boil down to is an obligation that the owner or any subsequent owner of the land will need to comply with - quite literally, a charge upon the land. For example, these could be conditions imposed in any planning permissions that have been granted, protected trees that must not be damaged, monies owed to third parties, or restrictions on permitted development.
All land charges come with their own obligations, and it is important to be aware of any that affect the property you are looking to purchase.
Breakdown of the different forms
The CON29R is a set list of questions that are answered by various departments within the Council and the highways authority - in our case, Surrey County Council. A breakdown of all the questions can be found on page 2 of the CON29R form.
These forms can either be submitted together or separately, so for example if there is just one question on the CON29O that you would like answered there is no need to submit a full search (we will still require a plan however).
Finally, if you there is anything else you wish to know about the land that isn't revealed as standard, you can ask any additional questions of your own.
Page owner: Jack Andrew. Last updated: 11/02/2016 09:58