Local land charges search

The Local Land Charges team for the Council facilitate and deliver all local land charge search requests made to the City Council.

We aim to return high quality accurate search results in 3-4 working days making our turnaround times amongst the fastest in the UK.

Local land charges searches are searches that are requested by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer acting on behalf of a person buying or selling land or property. The search is a series of standard questions designed to give any potential buyer as much information as possible about the property.

Submitting a local authority search electronically

We are currently connected to the National Land Information Service (NLIS) at Level 2. This means search requests can be submitted electronically using one of the licensed NLIS channels. Search replies are also returned electronically.

You can find out more about NLIS on their website www.nlis.org.uk or you can contact any of the licensed channels listed below:

Alternatively, to arrange a search, please contact us directly on landcharges@lancaster.gov.uk

Services and fees


Local land charges - Personal search

Personal Searches can be carried out Monday to Friday. Appointments are held at 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00.

Local Land Charges information can be viewed by appointment using a Personal Search Terminal in Customer Services Lancaster Town Hall Dalton Square.

Appointments are requested by email to landcharges@lancaster.gov.uk and should be accompanied by a plan showing the area to be searched outlined in red. Please allow two complete working days between the date of sending the request and the date of the appointment.

An email will be sent to confirm the appointment.

Searches are limited to 6 addresses per day.

Other information is available to Personal Searches by contacting the relevant Departments.

developmentcontrol@lancaster.gov.uk

environmentalhealth@lancaster.gov.uk

strategichousing@lancaster.gov.uk

or by visiting the website www.lancaster.gov.uk

Last updated: 06 February 2020