Local land charges and searches

Local Land Charges searches

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

A local land charge is a restriction on a piece of land or property that can limit its use or bind the owner to a payment of a sum of money. Charges can include:

  • Planning decisions
  • Road agreements
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Conservation areas and listed building notices
  • Environmental health notices
  • Charges or objections to against previous owners.

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