|Our current search response times consistently meet the ten working days set by the government. Due to unprecedented numbers of local authority searches resulting from the Stamp Duty holiday, please only contact us for updates if your search response time exceeds ten working days after submission. Please be advised that we do not offer an expedited service, and that all search requests are answered in order of receipt. Thank you.|
A local land charges search is undertaken as part of the conveyancing process when a property or a piece of land is being purchased, leased, valued or re-mortgaged. This reveals any restrictions or legal obligations against the site such as tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents, conservation areas, listed buildings etc.
|Apply for a local land charge search via Public Access Land Charges (PALC)|
You will need the search address and an Ordnance Survey site plan of the property outlined in red.
The turnaround time for a basic search is a maximum of 10 working days.
|Full search (LLC1 and CON29R)||£155.00|
|Full search - Additional parcel||£18.35|
|LLC1 Additional parcel||£4.25|
|CON29 (O) enquiries||£21.75|
Public Access Land Charges (PALC) is not designed for dealing with cancellations. If you delete a search before it is completed you will still receive the results and will be charged.
If you need to cancel a search, please contact our Local Land Charges team.
A refund will not be given if work has started on processing your search.
Before submitting a search using PALC, please ensure the property that is subject to the search submission is definitely in the East Suffolk area. If you are in doubt please contact us. If a search is submitted for a property outside our area, the search will be rejected, the refund will be processed and a cancellation charge of £20.00 will be applied.
A standard land charge search usually includes two elements, submitted together - LLC1 and CON29R, although these can also be submitted separately.
|Purchase an extract of the Local Land Charges Register via Public Access Land Charges (PALC)|
If you would prefer to visit one of our offices, you can collect this for free (as a Personal Search).
Collection times are between 09:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Personal Searches will not be available for collection outside of these times.
Please email our Land Charges Team, stating your preferred office and date you would like to collect the personal search, allowing at least 24 hours before collection.
If your Search result contains CIL data, please be advised that the response could be delayed by up to ten days. If you have any queries in this regard please contact our CIL team.
|Access planning permissions, building control approvals and completion certificates via Public Access|
Requests for documents not available on Public Access should be directed to our Land Charges Team. Please be advised that archive records are held in hard copy and microfilm formats at an off-site, deep storage facility, and a retrieval fee of £21.10 (£21.70 from 1 April 2021) per application is payable in advance of files being requested. Publishable documents will be made available to view on Public Access, which can take up to 30 days depending on the volume of documents within each file.
Requests for documents from building control competent persons schemes, (eg NICEIC, Fensa, HETAS) should be sent direct to the individual scheme.
For drainage and water enquiries please contact Geodesys Ltd who are part of Anglian Water.
For details of property and land ownership please contact HM Land Registry.
For details of property and land boundaries please see HM Land Registry Boundaries.
|Request an official search of the Register of Commons and Village Greens via Suffolk County Council|