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Request a local land charge search

Local Land Charges Service

Due to Portsmouth City Council working as business critical the Local Land Charges department are not currently able to accept postal search requests or payment by cheque. To contact the Local Land Charges department please email


As per instruction from HMRC our fees will include VAT on the Con29 element of a local land charges search.

Turnaround times

Our current turnaround times are:

  • 15 working days, but we will return them sooner if possible

If you have any general enquiries, please email the local land charges team

If you have any feedback about the service provided, please put it in writing and email it to Ian Clark, Principal Solicitor, Legal Services at

A local authority search is part of the standard conveyancing process if you are buying a house or plot of land, or leasing a property. A solicitor or other conveyancing professional usually applies for a local authority search on your behalf, although you can carry out a search yourself (see ‘can I make my own inspection…?’ section).

Searches look for any legal restrictions on the property or land in question. These restrictions are known as ‘local land charges’ (see ‘local land charge’ section below). Here are the questions most frequently asked about local authority searches.

For more information email, telephone 023 9283 4063, 023 9283 4065 or 023 9283 4357, or contact local land charges at the Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2PX.