Coronavirus (COVID-19)

See our dedicated coronavirus webpage for changes and updates to our services, how to get help in your community and support and advice for businesses.

All coronavirus information
Local land charges service

Local land charges service

Local Land Charges


Public Note

The land charges team are working remotely and are unable to receive any postal documents. Please forward all correspondence to [email protected] 

VAT changes to search fees

Please be aware that vat charges will be applied to search fees from the 1st of January 2017, for more information please see the Local Land Charges Fees page

What information will be shown on a search?

Searches conducted by Braintree District Council will provide you with information we and other public bodies hold about your property such as:

  • Planning matters- permissions, refusals, enforcement notices, tree preservation orders
  • Status of the road(s) leading to your property .

The information we provide comprises answers to a set of questions complied by the Law Society. These comprise of compulsory questions (CON29) and optional questions (CON29O).

How do I request a search?

You can obtain the search forms from the Law Society.

You can send your completed application form(s) and 1 plan outlined in red to: [email protected]

We are not on the DX postal service, however you can post to our address as shown on the right.

Response times

Once received, full searches are usually provided within 5 to 10 working days.
Full search results will be delivered via email, so you will need to provide your email address.

How do I pay?

Card Payments only are accepted if the search is submitted electronically to [email protected]

What happens if I would like to cancel my search?

Searches can only be cancelled, and your fee returned, if the Local Land Charges office is notified within 24 hours of receipt of search.

Updated August 2016