Land Charges

Since 31 March 2019, the Council no longer accepts payment by cheque for land charges searches, so the fee will need to be paid by debit/credit card transaction or by BACS. Further details regarding how to pay are available on the Local Land Charges Search page.

The Council’s Local Land Charges section is based at the Hailsham office and is responsible for the maintenance of the Local Land Charges Register together with processing local authority searches of the Register.

What is a Local Land Charge?

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition on a particular parcel or parcels of land. This has been put in place either to secure the payment of a sum of money, or to limit the use (in the widest sense) to which the land may be put. The charge is binding on successive owners or occupiers of the parcel or parcels of land. 

Returning Searches Electronically

Local Land Charges are able to return your search results electronically to you, provided an email address is supplied with your request.

Local Land Charge Search and Fee Details

A Land Charges search is made up of various parts. Searches can be submitted via 3 methods, or can take the form of a personal search. You can also find details of the current fees charged on this page.

An information schedule for personal search companies is available providing details on how to locate information contained on the CON 29 Forms.

Performance

Currently the Council is taking between 3 to 5 working days to complete searches from receipt of payment.

Wealden Team Wins Award 2016

Wealden District Council’s Land Charges Team has won two awards for Customer Service at the 2016 Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence. The Land Charges team were joint winners of the Best Customer Experience Award and Highly commended for the Customer Satisfaction Award.

To win the Nation Land Information Services’ Best Customer Experience Award, local authorities are asked to demonstrate what value added processes they offer to make the land search process easier, helping everyone involved in the buying and selling property chain. The Customer Satisfaction Award is based on the votes of solicitors and conveyancers who work with local authorities across the country. Nearly 60 local authorities took part in this year’s awards. Wealden shared the Best Customer Experience Award with the London Borough of Barnet.

Wealden District Council has a strong track record in the Local Land Charges awards. Its Land Charges team won the Best Customer Experience Award in 2015, were winners of the Best Electronic Service Delivery in 2012 and were the Best NLIS Local Land Charges Department in 2011.