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How to submit a Local Authority Search

Who can commission a local authority search?

Anyone may commission a Local Authority search by using one of our approved submission methods and paying the required fee. Alternatively, a personal search of our register may be undertaken under the Environmental Information Regulations (see Personal Search Guidelines).

Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are fully accountable for the full, authenticated and guaranteed information supplied in response to forms LLC1, CON29R and CON29O and will respond to any follow-up enquiries arising only from an official search if official search number is given

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How to submit a search

Requests for official searches may be submitted by post, email, online order form (see below), and via the National Land Information Service (NLIS).

We do not require a plan for the majority of search requests, as we hold all information against address records on our database. However, in some instances a plan may be required for clarification. This plan should preferably be an Ordnance Survey plan, clearly defining the curtilage of the area to be searched against with a red outline or similar. A member of the Local Land Charges team will contact you, if a plan is required for your search request.

Where an email address is supplied on a search request, we will assume consent to return the search reply electronically. Should you wish to receive a hard copy of your search result, please contact us.

All Additional Enquiries for Adur or Worthing searches should be sent direct to the relevant department. These will no longer be accepted as part of the search process.

Please use the links below to explore the various methods for search submission:


On-line requests

Please use the button below to order and pay for Adur and Worthing searches online:

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Email requests

Please email search requests to landcharges@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Please include the following details: The type of search that you require; the address of the property to be searched against, including any known additional parcels of land; your name, address and telephone number; your reference.

The Council will check your request, and will then send a validation email, at which point you will be able to make payment for your search request.

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Postal requests

Each search request form (LLC1, CON29R or CON29O) is a stand alone document and can be submitted in any combination, along with the correct fee. For postal searches please submit the correct forms. Alternatively please use our online or email service.

If you wish to check the fee before submission, please contact us on 01903 221116 or 221490 or see current fees.

Please send your postal search requests for Adur & Worthing Councils to:

  • Local Land Charges,
    Adur & Worthing Councils,
    Portland House,
    44 Richmond Road,Worthing,
    West Sussex,
    BN11 1HS

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Cancellation of searches

If for any reason an applicant wishes to stop payment or cancel a cheque for payment made in respect of a search, the applicant must contact us.

In the event that we do not receive written confirmation of a search cancellation request or notification to stop payment or cancel a cheque, we will still require payment to be made in full for any work that has been carried out.

Search requests can only be cancelled under normal circumstances during the period before we have prepared our accounts for the day on which the request was added to our computer system. Where a search has been completed, or carried out to a significant extent prior to the preparation of daily accounts, it would again not be possible to cancel the request.

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Do you have all the information to make an informed decision?

Some questions you may wish to ask your solicitor to help you make an informed decision as to whether you have all the information you need, before you go ahead with your property purchase:

  • Where did the search information come from?
  • If the local authority did not complete the search, have all of the required enquiries been answered fully?
  • Has insurance been used? If so, is the cover adequate and does it cover you after the date of completion?
  • How can any follow up queries regarding the search be raised?

Any queries arising from other search providers compiling their own CON29R responses must be referred back to that provider.

The retroactive date for current insurance provisions are:

  • Adur District Council - 8th October 1993
  • Worthing Borough Council - 24th February 1993

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