Land charges search fees and payment
You can request an official search for one or more official search products available, or for information about specific questions within a search product. The products and fees are listed in the table below.
Please note - Building Control searches now operate as a self-service. They can be accessed here: Building Control Search
Value added tax (VAT) applies to all searches except the local land charges register (LLC1). This follows a Government decision which took effect on 1 January 2017.
|Search product||Fee (including VAT)|
|Full official search - LLC1 and CON29R||£166|
|LLC1 only (local land charges register)||£36 plus £10 for each additional parcel of land (VAT not applicable)|
|CON29R only (standard enquiries)||£131 plus £26 for each additional parcel of land|
|All questions in CON29O||£120|
|Individual questions in CON29R and CON29O||£17|
|Enquirer's own questions (note that questions that need extensive research or a site visit will have different fees - check before requesting the search)||£31 per question plus £13 for each additional parcel of land|
On average, a search request takes 20 to 25 working days to process and complete.
How to request a search
A land charges search can be requested using an online form. It is important that a valid postal address and site plan are provided. It is useful to also provide the floor number if the property is within a larger multi-storey development. We cannot process a search that only includes a developer plot number.
Please note that applications for land searches by post are no longer accepted.
Payments can be made by BACS or an online credit/debit card transaction. We are no longer taking payments by phone or accepting cheques.
Please note that refunds cannot be given once the search has been received and accepted by the requestor.
Search products explained
The main search products are described below.
This is a search of the local land charges register, covering information such as:
- planning charges
- listed buildings
- local financial charges.
The CON29R is a form of standard enquiries that asks the Royal Borough about a property. This search covers regular questions such as:
- road proposals
- proposed enforcement action
- compulsory purchase orders
- and other types of notices under the Planning, Highways and Public Health Act.
CON29O (Questions 4 to 22)
The CON29O contains other optional, less requested information, such as:
- highway information
- planning information
- environmental information
- common land
- gas pipelines
- definitive footpaths.
Fee schedule for individual CON29R and CON29O questions £16 each
Except question 8 regarding pipelines, which is free.
A specialised highway search can be carried out to provide an adopted road plan and a series of additional highway related checks made against a site.