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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.
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.

If you would like to receive your search results before the Stamp Duty holiday ends, then you will need to submit your request for a Personal Search by Friday 26th February 2021. For Official Searches your request will need to be submitted by Friday 5th March 2021. For LLC1 requests your request will need to be submitted by Friday 12th March 2021.

We have made some changes to our planning service

Read more about the changes we have made to our service.

Local authority land and premises

We publish details of all our land and building assets.

  • All service and office properties occupied or controlled by user bodies, both freehold and leasehold
  • Any properties occupied or run under Private Finance Initiative contracts
  • All other properties they own or use, for example, hostels, laboratories, investment properties and depots
  • Garages unless rented as part of a housing tenancy agreement
  • Surplus, sublet or vacant properties
  • Undeveloped land
  • Serviced or temporary offices where contractual or actual occupation exceeds three months
  • All future commitments, for example under an agreement for lease, from when the contractual commitment is made.

Information excluded from publication for Local authority land:

  • Rent free properties provided by traders (such as information booths in public places or ports)
  • Operational railways and canals
  • Operational public highways (but any adjoining land not subject to public rights should be included)
  • Assets of national security
  • Information deemed inappropriate for public access as a result of data protection and/or disclosure controls (e.g. such as refuge houses).
  • Information on social housing is also excluded from this specific dataset


We also provide the following information on each land or building asset:

  • its unique property reference number
  • the unique identity that we use for the asset
  • the name of the building or land
  • street number or numbers
  • street name
  • postal town name
  • postcode
  • easting and northing
  • whether we own the freehold or a lease
  • additional information about the freehold or lease
  • whether the asset is land or one or more building or both
  • the full address

How can I find out who owns a property?

The Land Registry online enquiry service can provide details of who owns a property. If the land is subject to development proposals you can look at recent planning applications.

Commercial property

All property owned by us that is currently available to buy or rent is advertised by Hindwoods.

Leasehold and freehold

Useful information about leasehold extension can be obtained from the Leasehold Advisory Service. This includes information on buying the freehold through collective enfranchisement.

It is recommended that you get independent legal advice before proceeding. There will also be a further cost dependent upon the valuation of the property in question. Our surveyors and legal fees may also be payable.

Fences and boundary walls

We can advise on council owned properties or a property adjoining a council-owned site. For fences between private properties you should examine your title deeds or contact the Land Registry.

Fees

For large scale or multiple property enquiries an administrative charge may be applied. 

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