Local Authority Search

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


  • Apply for a Local Authority Search online.
  • What is a local land charge?

We are an experienced, knowledgeable and trusted team that can provide you with the property search information that you need and when you need it.

Searches can be requested and paid for simply online and we deliver results back to you within days of your request.

Submit a Local Authority Search

  • Complete the online form and upload a plan of the site.
  • Requests will be acknowledged immediately.
  • Requests will be verified within 2 working days.
  • Requests are accepted once payment is received.
  • Search results will be completed and emailed to you usually within 5 working days of acceptance (as a PDF for convenience).

Apply for a Local Authority Search

What is a local land charge?

A local land charge can be a financial claim, restriction, decision or information which may affect a particular property or area of land. 

A local land charge search will highlight these charges and help you to make an informed decision about buying an area of land or property. 

Charges can include:

  • Planning agreements
  • Financial amounts owed
  • Planning decisions
  • Road agreements
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)
  • Environmental Health Notices
  • Listed buildings
  • Housing Notices

An official Local Authority Search is made up of two types of search:

Type Details


It shows any charges affecting the land or property, such as planning decisions and tree preservation orders, and details of money owed to the council by previous owners


The CON29 reveals any planning, highway or environmental issues that either affect your land or property now or could affect you in the future

It can also include an optional section; CON29O. This covers any common land enquiries such as public paths and pollution orders. We charge for every additional question requested from this section.

The most popular request is for a “full search” this is the LLC1 and CON29 combined. You can then decide if you want to add any optional questions from the CON29O.

View the fees for the types of Local Authority search

National Land Information Service (NLIS) 

We are linked to the National Land Information Service (NLIS) at Level 3 and can receive and return local search requests electronically.

Find out more about NLIS

Contact us

Email: landcharges@colchester.gov.uk

Phone: 01206 282248