Land Charges Search

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 ask 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.

As from 1st April 2019, the procedure for submitting a land charge search request will be as follows:

Details of the current fees for Local Land Charges searches together with Component Data on the CON29 form.
Requests for Component Data need to be submitted to the Council on the appropriate form Component Data 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. 

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  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 ways of carrying out a Search – Personal Search

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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:

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 landcharges@wealden.gov.uk 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:

An enforcement notice has been revealed on my search – we’re not doing anything wrong, can it be removed?

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.

A Tree Preservation Order was revealed on my search – can I cut back the trees on my property?

Not without first gaining permission from the Council’s Arboriculturalist (permission may not be granted).

How can I obtain copies of the entries revealed in my search?

Not all copies of entries can be obtained from Wealden District Council, please contact with the Land Charges department by emailing landcharges@wealden.gov.uk or the Planning Information Officer by emailing Planning.Information@wealden.gov.uk

My search says my property is a listed building, what does this mean?

This means that the property is of special architectural or historic interest. More information can be found on our listed buildings web page.

My search has revealed an Agreement, what does this mean?

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.