Local Land Charges

Land Charges Department

The Land Charges Department provides information to solicitors and other conveyancing professionals, as part of the conveyancing process for land and property sales.

The service provides information on various matters that may affect a property. These include details of planning permissions and restrictions, highway rights and proposals, development proposals for the property, environmental health notices, and building control matters. This information is used by solicitors to advise clients, as part of the process of buying a property.

On average the department deals with around 4,000 searches a year and our turnaround time for a search is still approximately 12 working days.

A Common Misconception

When requesting a search, there is a view that the search will reveal proposals on nearby or adjacent land or properties,  this is incorrect; your search will only show information on the property or land requested. There is however, one exception and that we will reveal proposed road and rail schemes within 200 metres of the property.

Who does the Water search?

Winchester City Council does not deal with water and drainage enquires. Southern Water is the authority for the Winchester district. They can be contacted at:

Southern Water Services Ltd
Southern House
Capstone Road
Kent ME5 7QA

Tel: 01634 824100

Ownership of Land or Property / Boundaries

The Council does not keep details of private land ownership, deeds or boundary information. For queries regarding these matters, please contact:

The Weymouth District Land Registry
Melcombe Court
1 Cumberland Drive
Dorset DT4 9TT

Tel: 01305 363636

Information regarding Roads and Public Rights of Way (Box C of the LLC1 form)

Subject to a maximum of three additional roads, all roads must be named, the phrases "all roads abutting, any roads abutting, or roads in the vicinity" are invalid for the purpose of the search. If however, the road is un-named, please ensure and state that the road is marked clearly in colour or hatched in colour on an up to date Ordnance Survey Plan.


The Land Charges Service is now computerised, backed up by existing manual records.

Requesting a Search

There are three ways to request a search:


You can send your request accompanied by an ordinance survey or land registry location plan with the property in question clearly outlined in red along with the fee ( cheque only made payable to Winchester City Council) by post to Land Charges Department, Winchester City Council, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ.


We now accept requests by email to landcharges@winchester.gov.uk  To use this service, please email us your request using the official forms and accompanied by an ordinance survey or land registry location plan with the property in question clearly outlined in red and a contact telephone number, and we will then contact you with the correct fee to pay by debit/credit cards. Please note that we are not able to accept email requests if you wish to pay by cheque.

For further information please see attached documents below or contact Land Charges Department on 01962 848122 or email landcharges@winchester.gov.uk

Electronic Applications

Please note that all electronic applications must be accompanied by an ordinance survey or land registry location plan with the property in question clearly outlined in red.

National Land and Information Service

We have signed up to NLIS (National Land & Information Service) level two .

For further information on NLIS please visit their website on www.nlis.org.uk

TM Search Choice

The Council has arrangements with TM Search Choice for the provision of official searches.

For further information on TM Search Choice please visit their website on www.tmgroup.co.uk

Please note that fees for official searches are non-refundable as work commences immediately on your search on receipt.

Personal Searches

Any person may request a personal search and veiw only the Local Land Charges Register free of charge of which is 12 working days by appointment, please ring 01962 848122.

For further details please see attached document at the bottom of the page.

For personal search enquires regarding information on Community Right to Bid/Assets of Community Value please click here for list of properties.

Also, please note that a personal search may not be acceptable by some mortgage or financial lenders.

Requesting copies of Agreements

If you wish to have a copy of an agreement or tree preservation order shown on your search, please email your request with the address of the property and the agreement number to personalsearches@winchester.gov.uk

For copies of planning applications old and new, please check our planning web site at http://www.winchester.gov.uk/planning if you are unable to find the appliction you need, then please email personalsearches@winchester.gov.uk and we will send you a copy by email.

For copies of Building Control Regulations or further information regarding the replies on your search relating to Building Control, please email buildingcontrol@winchester.gov.uk