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Local land charges search

We are receiving increasing numbers of searches, because of the temporary changes in threshold for stamp duty land tax and the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the property market. We typically aim to give responses within ten working days. However, please be aware that this may not always be possible.

Our current average turnaround time for dispatch of search results is 12 working days.*
(*updated 14 January 2021)

We understand this is a critical time for our customers. The unprecedented number of searches being submitted has severely impacted our ability to consistently deliver Land Charge services within our target time. We will be working to get out as many search results as quickly as we can, which might result in you receiving results out of date order. This is because full searches require additional checking with other teams who may also be affected by reduced resources. We continue to work from home and follow government guidance to protect our staff and services.


Property searches

The local land charges register holds a central source of information on properties within Enfield.

When you buy a property or piece of land, it’s important that you or your solicitor arrange for a search of the register. This will tell you about any restrictions (charges) which may affect the property or land.

The register includes information about:

  • planning permissions and agreements
  • environmental health notices
  • listed building charges
  • tree preservation orders
  • plans for new roads

When you conduct a full official local authority search you have:

  • indemnity insurance of £10 million
  • an Original Certificate of Search (LLC1) that only a local authority can give

Online searches - National Land Information Services (NLIS)

Solicitors can submit full searches to us through the NLIS Hub. NLIS provides a single point of electronic access to all land and property information. You can find more information on the NLIS website.

Online searches - council portal

You can use the council’s own portal in the following ways:

  • Order and pay for your search online
  • Select addresses from the council's central database
  • Submit search requests directly from your browser to the local land charges team
  • Maintain a history of your search requests and results
  • Download results

Unlike some other search portal providers, we don’t charge an extra transaction fee.

First-time users will have to register to use the portal.

Important things to remember when submitting a search

  • Be certain that the property is within Enfield by using the council’s gazetteer
  • Submit the correct fee
  • Provide an accurate and up to date location plan, with the property boundary clearly outlined
  • Avoid outlining multiple properties

We are only able to search known and recognised addresses. We can’t search a plot number or an unregistered property number. If you’re unsure of the address, send a location plan with the site outlined to landcharges@enfield.gov.uk for us to confirm before submitting your search.

Fees

Search fees are for residential and commercial. VAT is chargeable on Con 29 fees.

Fees for local authority searches can’t be waived.

Type of search Fee
Residential full local authority search (LLC1 and CON29R) £235.80 
Residential LLC1 only £50
Residential CON 29R only £185.80 
Non-residential (industrial/land) full local authority search (LLC1 and CON29R) £285.30

The following updated fees will be in place from 1 April: full price structure for local land charges (PDF).

Cancellations

To cancel a search, email landcharges@enfield.gov.uk with the subject header as ’search cancellation, [reference number]’. We must receive notice before the search is accepted, and a copy of the Worldpay receipt must be attached. Cancellations received after acceptance stage won’t be refunded.