Following recent advice given in relation to Covid-19, the Local Land Charges office will not be available every day to take telephone calls. Therefore, please email any queries to and we will respond as soon as possible. Please note that we are still accepting and processing official Local Authority Search requests via the regular methods.

What is a Local Land Charge?

The council or central government can demand payment from successive owners or occupiers of property or land. This may include outstanding money given to the previous owner in the form of a grant which has not been fully repaid and is still owed to the council which a new owner or tenant would become liable for. There may also be limits on the use of property or land, eg trees which are to be preserved and cannot therefore, be cut down or even pruned. The charges cover a wide variety of financial liabilities and/or restrictions.

The Local Land Charges Register

Details of any charges that are registered on land and/or property in Southampton are listed in the council's Local Land Charges Register. You will also find other important information such as listed buildings and conservation areas in the register. Our Local Land Charges Register is held in electronic format which we have a statutory duty to maintain and update.

What is a Local Land Charges Search?

As part of the conveyancing process it is important to do a Land Charges search. Generally a solicitor carries out the search on your behalf as part of the conveyancing process, but it is possible for you to carry out your own search. The search includes details held in the Local Land Charges Register but can also include a search of other local government records relating to planning, the environment and rights of way etc.

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Telephone: 023 8083 2980