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 BACS. Further details regarding how to pay are in Fees and Details below.
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.
When submitting a search, please specify precisely what is to be searched, e.g shop and flat. The plan must show the precise search area clearly outlined in red and show some road names for ease of identification. The address on the forms and plan must match.
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
- Public Rights of Way
This is known as an Official Certificate of Search
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, common land 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.
Each extra question incurs an additional fee; please see Fees and Details.
- There will be no need to post your requests to us. You will be able to submit your search to the Wealden Land Charges Department by email, using the Land Charges Search Application Form (pdf document which should be completed and saved)
- You need to email the completed form and plan to email@example.com
- Upon receipt your search will be allocated a reference number, an example of the format will be LLC0000001, which will then be emailed to you together with how much to pay.
- You can then arrange to make payment, by BACS or Credit card, quoting the reference number which has been provided. To pay by BACS you will need the Council’s bank details which are: Sort Code 30-80-12 Account Number: 10341360. To pay online by Credit/Debit Card: Go to our online payment page. From the drop down list, select Land Charges and ensure you enter the reference number which you have been provided with. There’s no charge for paying this way. We accept all major debit and credit cards. Cards that cannot be accepted are American Express, Diners Club or Electron.
- Once paid, your search will be processed in the usual way and returned to you by email. Note 1: this does not affect those services processed via the NLIS system Note 2: until full payment is received, the search will not be able to be processed.
There are 3 ways to submit searches to Wealden District Council:
- By Email
- By NLIS – The National Land Information Service)
- By Document Exchange (DX). This is a private mail service between the Legal profession and Councils, or by post (Please note we no longer accept payment by cheque).
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.
A personal search is a search of the Local 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:
- Any requests for EIR searches should be emailed with the appropriate plan to firstname.lastname@example.org . These can take up to 20 days to be completed.
- Further planning history – Applications prior to 1st August 1977 and any refusals – available from Planning Information by emailing email@example.com
- Information on Local Plan designations – this can be viewed at the Council’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adoption of roads – available from East Sussex County Council Highways Section by emailing email@example.com
- Building Control information – contact the Building Control Section by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Environmental Health information – contact Environmental Health Section by emailing email@example.com
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 602221 to make an appointment. It is then necessary to email a plan to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly 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 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 with the exception of the following questions which are shown below:
Search Results - Common Questions
No, an enforcement notice once served remains on the land unless it is quashed by a Planning Appeal Inspector or planning permission is granted for whatever the enforcement notice relates to.
Not without first gaining permission from the Council’s Arboriculturalist (permission may not be granted).
This means that the property is of special architectural or historic interest. More information can be found on our listed buildings web page.
An Agreement is a legal document and the best way of understanding what it relates to is to obtain a copy of it from the planning website (by searching for the application), and where necessary, seek legal advice.
This means that there are more restrictions relating to the Conservation Area that you may have to abide by. More information can be found on our Conservation Areas web page.