Local land searches

Local land searches are usually carried out by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer on your behalf if you’re buying or selling land or property.

These searches show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.

The information is collected from different Council departments including planning, building control, highways, environmental health and planning policy.

COVID-19 update: Search service still operating

Our offices are closed for personal search appointments until further notice.

If you wish to request an Official LLC1 search of the Land Charges Register further information on how to submit and pay (fee of £26.00) is available on our website.

If you are requesting information under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), this will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days. If you submit a request under EIR please email freedom@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk. It is important that you include a map clearly indicating the extent of the search area you require.

The Council and our partners continue to operate in unprecedented circumstances working on plans to ensure critical services are maintained and our most vulnerable citizens are supported during the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore we will return the response as soon as possible by email.

Please note the above will be reviewed with regard to any Government guidance that might be issued.

HMLR and Land Charges project

We are currently working with HM Land Registry to migrate our local land charges service to their central digital register.

When this process is complete, HM Land Registry will provide search results for local land charges searches in the Newark and Sherwood area.  Please note we will continue to deliver our Con29 and Con29O service.

We will provide an exact date for when this service will go live, in due course. More information is available on the government website

Types of searches

A full search (PDF File, 431kb) usually consists of two separate parts called a LLC1 and a Con29/ Con290.

LLC1 search

Form LLC1 (PDF File, 256kb) consists of a search of the local land charges register and reveals if there are any outstanding charges such as where money is owed to the Council when work has been carried out on the property or land.

It will also tell you if, for example, the property is a listed building, in a conservation or smoke control zone, conditional planning applications as well as if any trees on the property are protected by tree preservation orders.

Con29 and Con290 search

Form Con29 (PDF File, 195kb) contains a series of standard questions covering information from various Council departments. It will show:

  • any road proposals or schemes
  • compulsory purchase orders
  • enforcement actions
  • building regulations or planning applications
  • formal/informal notices

Con290 contains a series of further, optional questions and may be submitted as stand alone or with Con29. This search covers information from various Council departments, including houses in multiple occupation, noise abatement and hazardous substance consents.

Find out how to submit a local authority search request and the associated fees on our website. Results of searches where a fee is payable will not be delivered in any form until payment has been received.

Personal searches

Anyone can make a personal search. However, it’s not always as comprehensive as the local authority search as it is only a search of the registers held by the council that are open for public inspection.

Appointments are available on weekdays (excluding bank holidays). You need to provide 24 hours notice of when you want to carry out your personal search, providing name and contact details. You also need to be prepared to identify the land against which you want to search.  

To book an appointment please email customerservices@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or call 01636 650000. 


More information on how to pay and our list of fees can be found on the how to submit a local authority search page of our website.

Turnaround times for searches

We have a local performance indicator of six working days (upon receipt of payment) to turn around all searches.

Update: We are currently experiencing a high demand and our search turnaround is currently approximately 20 working days.

Requests under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

Requests for information under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days.  If you wish to submit a request under EIR please email freedom@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

It’s important that you include a map clearly indicating the extent of the search area you require.  Information provided under EIR is raw data and may include data concerning neighbouring land.  It is your responsibility to check the data provided and decide if it is relevant or not.

Please note, the EIR report provided does not contain the following unrefined data, Planning Applications, Building Control Applications, Conservation area information and Local Plan Policies. However, the data will be publicly available either on our website, or via the building control applications portal or the local development framework policies map.