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Local land charges

Information about local land charges, property searches, common land, property owned by us and land available for development.
Local Land Charges fees and charges

Our fees and charges for Local Land Charges services will increase from 1 April 2021 by an average of between 1.0% and 2.4% across all the services. 

Land charges

If you have submitted a Local Land Charges search, we aim to return 90% of Official searches within 10-12 working days and 100% of LLC1 register searches within five working days.

If you have submitted a request for a personal inspection of the Local Land Charges Register then you will be contacted within 24 hours and advised of our earliest appointment slot. All requests for a personal inspection of the Land Charges register will be booked around 20 days in advance and this is due to the number of personal search requests that we are receiving. All requests will be dealt with on the date they are received.

If you are a not a Personal Search Agent and you are enquiring as to the progress of your personal search, then please contact your Solicitor or whomever has ordered the personal search request.

Local land charge searches may take longer to process than usual

This is due to COVID-19. Please do not send searches in by post as we are working from home. Instead, email land.charges@lewisham.gov.uk.

We will contact you to take payment by card. No cheques will be accepted.

Local land charge search

Information on doing a local land charge search for people buying a property or piece of land in the borough, or remortgaging.

Local land charges – personal search

Information for private search companies inspecting the register of local land charges under environmental information regulations.

Council land and premises

Information about council land and premises, including how to find out if land is council owned and which council land is for lease or sale.

Empty and derelict properties

Report an empty property or find out how to bring your empty property back into use.