Land Charges

Submit a land charges search

It is important to have an official local authority search carried out when buying property or land. This will reveal information that affects the property.

Most searches are carried out by Solicitors or Conveyance companies on the purchasers' behalf. 

Submitting a search

We aim to return searches within 10 working days. A full search consists of a 'LLC1' and a 'CON29R'.

We can receive searches through the National Land Information Service (NLIS) and TM Search Choice. You can also submit a search by emailing us at landcharges@fenland.gov.uk.

When submitting a search by to us by email, please attach your official search documents and a copy of the plan with the area clearly marked. You'll then receive a reference and our BACS details to make payment. 

Searches received before noon will be processed the same day. Searches received after noon will be processed the next day.

Searches submitted electronically receive a 10% discount, as per our fees. Icon for pdf View current fees [362.91KB]

Questions you can ask

You can ask specific questions about the property or adjacent land using the CON29O form.

When completing a local authority search, there are an extra 19 questions you can ask. Topics include:

  • road proposals (e.g. new roads or traffic schemes)
  • pipeline information
  • public footpaths or bridle ways information
  • environmental or pollution notices

We can also answer supplementary questions not included in your normal search. Each question costs £18.  

The public can view the same information as external search companies. You need to check your building society or bank will accept a search undertaken by yourself or external company.

Searches undertaken by the public or external search companies are not covered by our insurance. 

Guidance relating to Box C of the Con 29R

Details of roadways, footways or footpaths which abut or directly give access to (or means of escape) from the property but are not included in the main address in Box B can be put in Box C. A maximum of 3 roads are allowed.  

Roads must be named. If a road has no name or is known by a variety of local names, it must be clearly marked on the attached plan. Mark it through colour or hatching. 

The terms "all roads abutting" or "all roads in the vicinity" cannot be used for identification. 

Highlighted verges or areas in front of the property will be subject to an additional highways search request. Details and fee information can be found on the Cambridgeshire Highways website. Plans for this purpose should be an up-to-date Ordinance Survey extract. 

Personal searches

A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges register. It does not provide all the information given on a full Local Authority search (LLC1 and CON29R). There is no charge for this service. 

We don't have to answer enquiries relating to personal searches. It is up to the person searching to find and make notes of information on the register. 

To book an appointment to make a search, please email landcharges@fenland.gov.uk. Please give your preferred date and time for an appointment. Appointments can be made between 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. You don't need to tell us the address or include a plan. 

You will receive an email back confirming the appointment with further information about your visit.  We will try to accommodate your preferred time but will offer you an alternative if it is not available. 

Contact the team

You can contact our Land Charges team by emailing landcharges@fenland.gov.uk or calling 01354 654321. 

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