Local land charges

The local land charges team provides information for people buying, selling or leasing homes, other property or land within Southwark, the service is now part of the Planning division.

They also investigate any legal restrictions, which form a Local Authority search.

Search fees applicable from 1st April 2015

With effect from the 31st of March 2017, under instruction from HMRC, we will collect VAT in relation to: CON29 and CON29O enquiries of the local authority and CON29 additional parcel fees. Consequently, the council will apply VAT (at the standard 20% rate) to the following:

  • standard search (LLC1 and CON29R): £177 (£210.20 incl. VAT)
  • LLC1 only: £11
  • CON29R only: £166 (£199.20 incl. VAT)
  • optional printed enquiries CON290 Each enquiry (4-21): £12 (£14.40 incl. VAT)
  • enquiry 22: £14 (£16.80 incl. VAT)
  • additional enquiries by solicitor: £30 (£36 incl. VAT)
  • each additional parcel of land: £30 (£36 incl. VAT)
  • copy documents (free on line via Planning Register)

All fees must be prepaid.

Cheques should be made payable to 'London Borough of Southwark'.

We aim to turn around all Local Authority searches within 10 days from receipt.

Postal Address: Local land charges, 5h floor Hub 2 Zone C, London Borough of Southwark, PO Box 64529, London SE1P 5LX

Document Exchange: DX 136148 London Bridge 7

Search contents

A local authority search will give you information about the property that you are buying including:

  • planning history for the property itself
  • conservation areas
  • listed building status
  • improvement grants
  • financial charges imposed by the council
  • planning agreements
  • tree preservation orders
  • publicly maintained highways

You can raise additional enquiries by asking about development proposals within 200 metres of the property. These enquiries should be sent directly to our management section - planning.enquiries@southwark.gov.uk

Personal searches

Personal searches can be arranged by appointment.

To book an appointment call 020 7525 7392 by 2pm and allow 10 working days in advance.

The personal search will inform you of all registerable entries that appear on the local land charges register including:  

  • conservation areas
  • financial charges
  • listed buildings
  • tree preservation orders

The register of local land charges will be emailed to applicants. If you wish to obtain planning, building control and publicly maintained highways information you will need to visit the council offices at 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH during normal office hours to view records accessed via a computer screen.

Planning applications received since 2002 can be viewed on the planning applications section of the website.

Access to Information, cancelling a search and commons registration

To comply with government guidance issued in January 2008, the council is committed to providing access to information held by the authority and all unrefined data that is required to complete CON29R enquiries.

The schedule is subject to change when appropriate. It will be updated whenever changes occur, including costings.

Highway searches

The highways information collating service is no longer available. For highways information relating to CON 29R searches, please see Access to Information Schedule.

Cancelling a search

We will receive your search application by document exchange or post. Should you need to cancel your search contact us by 12pm on the day of receipt of your application for a full refund to be issued.

After 12pm the application will have been processed and no refund can be offered.

Commons registration searches

Applications for search in the register of common land and towns and village greens are now responded to through an optional enquiry 22 contained under the form CON290.

Last updated: 18 May 2017