Local Authority Search
If you are planning to buy a house or plot of land, or lease a property, you will need to know whether the authority will charge you for any outstanding or on-going services. The search will provide you with important information so you are aware of any charges or responsibilities you will be taking on when you exchange contracts.
The word charge means any outstanding financial claim, restriction, decision or information which may affect a particular property or parcel of land. These include charges for such services as roads, restrictions such as tree preservation orders and conditions imposed on planning permissions, conservation areas, legal agreements and listed buildings.
The local land search also provides other important information, for example if the property has been improved with the help of a local authority grant, which would affect your reselling or renting out the property.
Please note that the timescale for a local authority search to be completed is a maximum of five working days.
The local authority search is two parts. There are two standard forms for an official search. Your solicitor will fill in these forms however you can get them yourself either from a legal stationer or download our own Search Enquiry form from the expandable Documents section on this page.