Submitting a Local Authority Search

How to complete a local authority search and what you need to include with the form.

Turnaround time

Our current turnaround time for results is 24 to 48 hours.

Local Authority Search

We have a statutory duty to maintain the register of Local Land Charges affecting land and property in Brighton & Hove however we do not have information on private land ownership or property boundaries, enquiries about these should be made to Land Registry

To complete a local authority search, you will need to send us two copies of the completed local authority search request form (PDF 142 KB) also available as a word document - local authority search request form (Word 110KB). The forms are also available from all legal stationers and is called the LLC1/CON29.

Send these in an email to

You will also need to include:

  • two copies of the site location plan with the search site outlined in red
  • as much information about the property as possible, for example the flat number and floor
  • details of any other optional and additional enquires you have
  • location plans of footpaths or roads for which you want information (Box C in Con 29 form), including their name


Once we have received your information correctly, we will request a payment from you to complete the search.

You can make a payment online

You can also view our local land charge fees.

Email service

Alternatively, companies can now use our faster and easier email service. To sign up, please email us at with your company details. In doing so, you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • applications by email cannot be cancelled
  • fees will be paid within 28 days of the invoice
  • failure to pay will result in your account being suspended

Once you have done this, you will receive a unique customer reference number. You can then start scanning your searches and return them to us straight away.

You will be sent a monthly bill of your processed search fees.

Online search services

Alternatively, you can use either NLIS Level 3 or TM Searches to submit your search online.