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Coronavirus: Updates and information

We are adapting our services as the situation changes. For details and to find out how to get help or volunteer to help others, visit our 'Coronavirus: Help for communities' page. Please follow the official NHS and government advice.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning - message to our customers in the context of Coronavirus

We have adapted some of our services in light of government advice with regards to social distancing. Click the link above for full information.

Request a local land charge search

If you are purchasing, leasing or valuing a property or parcel of land, you must request a local land charge search.

Our average response time is three working days.

Request a search by email or post

Send us a completed request form by email or post:

As well as the form you must include:

  • A correct postal address to be searched against
  • A copy of an up-to-date Ordnance Survey map with the property/site location clearly outlined in red
  • Roads must be named in box B and if used, box C and only these will be answered for 2.1. The use of phrases such as ‘all roads abutting’, ‘any roads abutting’, or ‘any or all roads in the vicinity’ are invalid for the purpose of identification. Where a road name cannot be ascertained, the road should be clearly marked in colour on a plan.  A maximum of three roads can be listed. Unless the search follows these rules we will not be adding the road names to box C.

Your search will not be processed until payment has been received. We will contact you by telephone to arrange payment unless you enclose payment by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Cambridge City Council.

We aim to dispatch all replies within five working days of receiving payment, although it can take longer if your request is missing any information.

We will only be able to offer a refund if cancellation is requested and agreed by the Local Authority before the search is recorded/accepted.  

Request a search online

You can also submit a full electronic search using the National Land Information Service (NLIS). NLIS is a joint initiative between central and local government to provide an online service that will deliver publicly available land and property related information.