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Land charges

About land charges

Local land charges

The local land charges service processes all local authority searches for property transactions within the borough. We work with solicitors, personal search agents, and some members of the public who do their own conveyancing.

How to apply for an official search

To order an Official Search you will need to register and submit all requests and payments* via our Land Charges Public Access system, after selecting the search you require you must also attach a plan showing the extent of the search area. Should we have any queries with the search submitted we will contact you via the email account registered.

*If you are intending to submit a large number of searches on a regular basis we are able to offer a monthly invoice service - if you are interested please email our Land Charges team.

We aim to respond to all search requests within 5 working days however at times this may take longer depending on staff and system availability. Should you wish to submit a query regarding current search times or your submission please email Land Charges and quote your Case Reference.

Our fees

  • LLC1 Certificate - £30
  • CON29(R) - £70 (inclusive of VAT)
  • LLC1 + CON29(R) - £100 (inclusive of VAT for the CON29)
  • CON29(O) enquiries - £30 (inclusive of VAT)  Please note: we do not answer question 8 

Question 8 - You are advised to seek further information from LSBUD which is a free to use internet based enquiry service available 24/7. It provides a single point of contact for all enquiries relating to the apparatus owned and/or operated by the Asset Owners protected by LSBUD (including underground and overhead transmission/distribution electricity networks, transmission/distribution gas networks, oil pipelines, and fibre optic networks).

  • Extra areas of land/extra properties - £30 (inclusive of VAT on the CON29 part of the parcel fee)
  • Own additional enquiries - £45 each (inclusive of VAT)
  • Copy documents - £15
  • Inspection of local land charges register - No fee
  • Inspection of non statutory information - No fee
  • Printed personal search - £22

Personal searches

To request a viewing of the Local Land Charges Register you will need to register and apply through our Land Charges Public Access system, please note that all search results and correspondence will be sent to the email address registered. Viewing the register is free and requests are dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis, we aim to process requests within 5 working days however this may take longer depending on staffing and system availability. Should you wish to contact us regarding our current waiting times please email Land Charges quoting your Case Reference.

For CON29 enquiries please see the Land Charges CON29 Information Sheet where we have attached links to further information required in order to answer each question.

Helpful Information

How to buy/sell a home

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have released guides to help the general public when both trying to buy and sell a home.

How to buy a home

How to sell a home

Drainage

All queries about drainage in this borough are handled by:

Thames Water Utilities Property Searches
Clearwater Court
Vastern Road
Reading
RG1 8DB
Telephone: 0845 0709148