Land charge searches

Official and personal land charge searches

Important information - VAT and New Search Fees effective from 31/03/2017

HMRC have announced that with effect from 31/03/2017 all CON29 elements of Local Authority Searches will be subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

View our new VAT inclusive fees, effective from 31/03/2017. Please note that any searches received with incorrect fees will need to be returned to the applicants for amendment.

Land charges search

We provide solicitors, conveyancers and their clients with information specific to the land or property which they are interested in acquiring. This information is obtained by them submitting local search forms to us together and the relevant fee.

A local search consists of two parts:

  1. Restrictions on the property which are binding on successive owners, for example Financial Charges, Tree Preservation Orders and Enforcement Notices.
  2. Replies to enquiries on a nationally agreed form giving information of a more general nature. These include highway proposals, planning history and other planning related matters and outstanding notices.
    Much of this information is supplied to the Local Land Charges Service by other council departments, the Government and outside bodies.

Official searches

Official local land charges are carried out and certified by the council on behalf of the person buying land or property.

We carry out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975. This guarantees complete and comprehensive replies by the council to the Official Certificate of Search (LLC1) and CON 29 enquiries. 

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches. It advises that alternative personal searches of the legal register should be undertaken only with the approval of the purchases when time does not permit official searches; especially as personal searches only disclose limited information.

Members of the public are advised to confirm with their solicitors that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Official Certificate of Search (LLC1) and CON 29 enquiries to ensure that they have both been carried out to their satisfaction.

Personal searches

A personal search is a search of the Local Land Charges Register only and does not reveal the full information provided by an official search. There is no charge for a personal search. A personal search can be undertaken only by submitting a request to the Local Land Charges Section.

Other legal registers held by the council are open for public inspection.

To arrange for a personal search to be carried out at the council's Customer Centre please notify us 48 hours in advance by emailing locallandcharges@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Visiting the Customer Centre

The Customer Centre is located: 

Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PU

Please use the Wandsworth High Street entrance, which is located next to the Civic Suite.

Completed personal search reports must be collected from the Customer Centre between 9am and 12pm Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Personal search agents carrying out such searches on behalf of third parties are expected to possess sufficient knowledge of the search process, They should be able to carry out their personal searches without guidance from our staff.

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