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Land Charges Search

After 31 March 2019, the Council will no longer be accepting payment by cheque for land charges searches, so the fee will need to be paid by debit/credit card transaction or BACS. Further details regarding how to pay will be publicised in the New Year.

A Full Local Land Charges Search

A search is carried out on a specific area of land. This may be a house, a shop, a business, or just a piece of land. A full Local Land Charges Search comprises a LLC1 form plus CON29 Part 1 Enquiries form.

Revealed on the search is all the relevant history belonging to that parcel of land. This includes:

  • Planning Applications (back to 1948)
  • Agreements (if applicable)
  • Article 4 Directions (if applicable)
  • Tree Preservation Orders (if applicable)
  • Enforcement Notices (if applicable)
  • Building Control Applications (from 1st July 2002 onwards)
  • Basic Highway replies (ie. is my property on an adopted road)
  • Environmental Health information

This is known as an Official Certificate of Search

Additional Questions

There are eighteen pre-set additional questions, which make up Part 2 of the CON29. These questions relate to information regarding footpaths, nearby road schemes etc.

It is also possible to asks questions of your own making. These are Part 3 questions, which are in addition to Part 2.

Typical Part 3 questions that are asked often relate to planning enquiries on adjacent/nearby land or properties.

Details & Fees

Details of the fees with effect from 1st February 2017 (pdf) for Local Land Charges searches together with Component Data on the CON29 form.

Requests for component data (pdf) need to be submitted to the Council on the appropriate form together with the correct fee. Please allow 2-4 working days for this Search to be completed. Should Personal Search companies wish to collect this additional information at the time of completing the Personal Search then please allow at least 3 working days from application to making your Search appointment.

A document entitled 'How the fees for Land Charges have been calculated' (pdf) explains the methodology in the setting of the current fee charges (please note these figures exclude VAT).

Submitting a Search

There are 3 ways to submit searches to Wealden District Council:

  • By Post
  • By Document Exchange (DX). This is a private mail service between the Legal profession and Councils.
  • By Electronic Means (NLIS - The National Land Information Service)

National Land Information Service (NLIS)

Moving home can be stressful. With NLIS, searches needn't be a worry. NLIS is "the" provider of authoritative, official, online searches, giving a full, official search with accurate data direct from source. Using any of the three NLIS Channel internet one-stop shops, purchasing searches electronically is a simple click process.

NLIS licensed channels:

The NLIS website (external link) gives further information regarding this service.

Wealden District Council have been electronically connected to NLIS for some time in line with 'E' Government guidelines. Our electronic searches are competitively priced to promote online working.

Alternative way of carrying out a search - Personal Search

A personal search is a search of the Land Charges Register only. This includes all Planning Applications approved with conditions from 1st August 1977, and all registrations that are linked to the land in the Local Land Charges Register.

Information that is not provided as part of the Personal Search is available from the relevant departments:

Fees may be payable for any of the above information.

Note: No Part 2 or additional questions can be answered on a personal search. The results of the personal search are not provided in writing.

To carry out a personal search please contact Land Charges on 01892 602420 to make an appointment. It is then necessary to email a plan on landcharges@wealden.gov.uk showing the area to be searched. This plan is required in plenty of time prior to the appointment to enable the section to gather together any relevant information.

From 4th July 2016 new questions have been added to the CON29 form and details of how to locate the information to answer these questions can be found on the Information Schedule for Personal Search Companies (pdf) with the exception of the following questions which are shown below:

Public Rights of Way Questions 2.4 and 2.5 (pdf)

Drainage Matters Question 3.3 a to c (pdf)

Contact Land Charges