Local Land Charges

Please note: during the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) crisis, we are unable to receive any searches by post or payments by cheque. Therefore, please send your requests to landcharges@winchester.gov.uk and we will ring you for payment by card.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused, but there will not be anyone in the offices to sort or distribute the mail to the departments. If you have any queries, please ring 01962 848122 or email landcharges@winchester.gov.uk

All Personal Searches during this situation only, will be emailed to the address on the form submitted.

Thanking you all for your co-operation in these difficult times.

The Local 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 10 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.

  • Requesting an Official Search

    There are three ways to request an official search:

    • Post - 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 (cheques only made payable to Winchester City Council) by post to Local Land Charges Department, Winchester City Council, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ.
    • Email - 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 Local 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.

    You can now submit on line, but still only a maximum of 4 requests at a time please, within the 10 working days as before. You can come to our reception anytime from 9.00 till 4.30 to collect your searches.

    There are now no restrictions as to when you submit your form, but you will need to attach the correct plan, clearly outling the property in red with form.

    Click here to complete the online form.

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

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

    Any queries, please contact the Local Land Charge Department on 01962 848122.

    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 service 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