Local land charges searches

If you are buying a property or piece of land you will need to complete a local land charge search. Usually your solicitor will submit a request to us on your behalf.

A local land charge search provides you with any essential information about the property that the local authority holds. It's an important part of the property buying process because it will reveal if there are any restrictions or prohibitions on the use of the property that would be binding for successive owners and occupiers. Common obligations protected as local land charges include planning permissions, listed buildings, enforcement notices, conservation areas and tree preservation orders.

We maintain an accurate and up-to-date register of local land charges affecting land and property in Adur District and Worthing Borough. When undertaking a search request we collate information from various council departments, ensuring search requests are returned as promptly as possible to minimise delays in the property buying process.

Enquiries about property or land ownership

To find out who owns a piece of land or property you will need to contact the Land Registry:

Buying and selling a house - guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the public on 'How to buy a home' and 'How to sell a home'. This guidance has been developed with relevant stakeholders, including the Local Land Charges Institute.

For details please see:

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Page last updated: 12 August 2022

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