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New paperless land charges service launched

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A new online land charges tool, which provides users with a paperless search service, has been launched.

The new East Suffolk ‘Public Access Land Charges’ (PALC) system was launched today and enables people to submit searches directly to the Land Charges team at East Suffolk Council.

As part of the conveyancing process, a local land charges search is undertaken whenever a property or piece of land is purchased, leased, valued or re-mortgaged.

This search shows any restrictions or legal obligations against the site such as tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents, conservation areas and listed buildings.

Prior to the introduction of the new PALC system, searches could only be applied for via email or in writing.

Using the new system, customers can track the progress of a submitted search, pay online and receive a downloadable response document,removing the need for printing and further paperwork.

To access the new Public Access Land Charges service, please visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/local-land-charges