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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 charge timings

Our current turnaround times for Local Land Charges Searches are five working days. For LLC1 (Official Certificate of Search Form) our turnaround time is two working days.

Searches are usually carried out on behalf of the solicitor, conveyancer or mortgage lender. A local authority search will identify if there are any legal restrictions or financial charges and any proposals for development that could affect your property.  

Local land searches do not reveal ownership for a property or a piece of land. You will need to contact Land Registry or for land that is owned by the Council, our Valuation and Estates Team.  

Types of searches

There are two types of local land charge search available: a local authority search or a personal search.

Local authority search

Local authority searches are covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975 and guarantee comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries. We are required by law to keep a local land charges register. This is a comprehensive record of properties in the borough from residential houses to commercial buildings. 

The register includes information such as planning permissions, conservation area designation, tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, improvement grants and financial charges. 

Information that is found on the register is used to respond to land charges searches when property changes hands. 

The search certificate will bear our logo and will be signed by a council officer. Please note that a Certificate of Search will only be produced and signed by a local authority. 

We aim to complete official searches within 10 working days.

The search will be in two parts: 

LLC1 - this first part, the 'Official Certificate of Search Form', deals with all the registerable charges, for example financial charges registered against the property by the local authority, improvement grants, tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents and agreements. 

CON29 - the second part, called 'Enquiries of Local Authorities Form', deals with issues such as road schemes, the planning history of the property and various notices which affect the property. 

Please note that searches must include the following when submitted to be accepted for processing:  

  • if a search is submitted by a solicitor, cheques drawn on the solicitor's client account are requested, made out with the correct amount

  • the correct address and an up to date scale plan in duplicate showing the extent and location of the land in question clearly edged in red

  • client's own cheques are not accepted as a method of payment. Please contact us regarding the fees using the contact details below.

The CON 29 enquiries questionnaire, which forms part of the official search, contains many 'warning' questions, the answers to which you will not find on any of the statutory registers.

Examples of the information only to be found by submitting a CON 29 are given below: 

  • compulsory purchase orders
  • many informal notices under planning and highways laws not found on any register
  • road proposals or schemes (including road widening)
  •  proposed enforcement action or breach of conditions notices.

Optional questions

The CON29O contains 19 less requested optional questions. Any number of these can be requested for the set fee. We do not answer question 8 in regard to pipelines. You will need to contact Transco for this enquiry.

A definitive list of the questions is as follows:

  • compulsory purchase orders
  • many informal notices under planning and highways laws not found on any register
  • road proposals or schemes (including road widening)
  • proposed enforcement action or breach of conditions notices
  • road proposals by private bodies
  • advertisements
  • completion notices
  • parks and countryside
  • pipelines (for an answer to this question please contact Transco)
  • house In multiple occupation (for an answer to this question please contact Environmental Health Residential)
  • noise abatement
  • urban development areas
  • enterprise zones
  • inner urban improvement areas
  • simplified planning zones
  • land maintenance notices
  • mineral consultation and safeguarding areas
  • hazardous substance consents
  • environmental and pollution notices
  • food safety notices
  • hedgerow notices
  • flood defence and land drainage consents
  • common land, town or village

Enhanced Register Search Fee

You can use this service to request for copies of documents that are attached to the register and CON29 and this includes copies of Planning Permissions and S106 Agreements.

Expedited Searches

Results are received within 24 hours.

Amended Register

If amendments have been made to the register or a charge has been removed, an updated search can be provided to you at a cost of £5.00.

Making a land search request online

You can request a land search online via NLIS Online or Thames Water. These two companies are licensed to perform the online search.

Water Enquiries

It's possible you will have queries relating to a property's water supply. For answers to CON29 water enquiries please contact:

Thames Water Property

Insight Asset Data Services

DX151280 Slough 13

Tel: 0118 923 6656

Personal search 

Personal searches can be made via a third party, an agency or by a member of the public. A request can be made to view a copy of the local land charges register for free under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 by emailing the Local Land Charges Team. All requests are booked 20 days in advance and are returned via email. Only one request can be made, per day, per agent for each requested address. We cannot be held responsible for a report completed by a personal search agent. Queries which arise from a personal search should be investigated through the personal search company in the first instance. 

It is also recommended by the Local Land Charges Institute that a full official local authority search is issued in place of a personal search. 

Read more about the local land charge personal search.

Request a local authority search

To request an official search you need to send details of the property/land being searched and an up to date OS plan at 1:1250 with the site clearly marked. If you are searching for information on a flat that is within a larger property, it is useful to provide the correct flat number/floor number along with the postal address and not just a development plan number. 

Your request can be sent by email or post and you must include your company name, address, email and telephone number. All searches are returned via email therefore it is important that you have a valid and complete email address. Please note – we do not use the dx. Any searches sent via the dx will not be received or processed.

We will contact you if there is a query regarding the search address, if another site plan is required or if there is any other problem. 

Please note that we require a full address to be submitted. Plot numbers cannot be processed and this will cause a delay to your search.


Lewisham have implemented the VAT on CON29 as of 31 March 2017. The fees are published below including VAT.

We accept payment for official searches by debit or credit card. You will be contacted by telephone for the payment to be taken once your search has been completed.  

We no longer accept cheques.

Please note that refunds cannot be given once the search has been received and accepted by the requestor.  

Scale of fees  (from 01/04/2023)

Fee for a residential search on a property/land within Lewisham £224.00 (£194 Net)
Fee for a commercial search on a property/land within Lewisham £313.60 (£276.00 Net)
CON29O questions £15.00 each (£12.50 Net)
Extra parcel of land £26.00 (No VAT is payable)
Own additional enquiries £26.00 (No VAT is payable)
Local land register (Residential) £44.00 (No VAT is payable)
Local land register (Commercial) £88.00 (No VAT is payable)
Residential CON29 £180.00 (£150.00 Net)
Commercial CON29 £225.60 (188.00 Net)
Amended register £5.00
Expedited register Register fee plus £15.00 (£12.50 Net)
Expedited search Full search fee plus £50.00 (£41.67 Net)
Enhanced search fee Full search fee plus £77.00 (£64.17 Net)
Registration of Light Obstruction Notices £60 (No VAT is Payable)
Cancellation Full search fee payable if search is over 24 hours