Land Charges

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When you buy a property or a piece of land, it is important you or your solicitor ask for a local land charges search to make sure there are no charges affecting the land or property.

What is a Local Land Charge?

A local land charge is a financial charge or restriction imposed on a piece of land, either to limit the land’s use or to secure payment for a service. It is binding on owners or occupiers of property or land.

Local land charges can include:

  • Roads
  • Restrictions such as Tree Preservation Orders
  • Conditions imposed on planning permissions
  • Conservation areas
  • Legal agreements and listed buildings

A local land charges search will highlight these charges and help you to make an informed decision about buying an area of land or property.

We have a statutory duty to maintain an accurate register of local land charges in the Wealden District, and we carry out local land searches.

If you are not sure whether a property is within the Wealden District area boundary, please check our online map.

Apply for a Land Charges search

Use the link above to apply for your Land Charges Search and check what fees you need to pay. You can apply and pay for your search using our online system. 

Stamp Duty holiday

The Local Land Charges team are dealing with a high volume of requests we have received in recent weeks due to the increase in property purchases driven by the temporarily reduced stamp duty rates.

We don’t want to hold up the process for anyone, or prevent anyone’s property purchase from going as smoothly as possible and we ask that solicitors, agents and the public submit local land charges searches as early as possible which will help our staff and avoid any delays.

We are processing searches as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this busy time.