Local land charges

Learn about local land charge searches when buying or leasing property.

A local land charge search is usually requested when buying or leasing land or property to find out if there are any outstanding issues or restrictions that may affect it. 

Search requests should be sent to the relevant district or borough council who will contact us to answer the CON29 questions about highways, common land and village greens. Additional enquiries will incur an extra charge. 

Personal search companies can use our CON29 service to get answers to the highway questions (including the optional ones, if requested) through an email system. Our responses are configured to the format of the CON29 itself.

By dealing with us direct, 99% of requests get a response within 48 hours. This costs £20.00 plus VAT (at 20%) per search, invoiced quarterly. (From 1 January 2017, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requires us to charge VAT on CON29 information.)

Alternatively, personal search companies can obtain data, for free, through the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) by emailing foi@westsussex.gov.uk. We will respond as soon as possible, but this may take up to 20 working days. Our response will be in an Excel spreadsheet.

You can find out whether a road is adopted and view its status on our online map.    

Last updated:
1 April 2018

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