Local land charges

If you are thinking about buying a home in Lichfield District, then you may well know that, as part of the house buying process, you are encouraged to submit a search on the property to identify any restrictions or legal obligations that may be associated with the property and imposed by a Council or Government body.

This search is normally applied for on your behalf by your solicitor and is covered by the legal fees that he or she charges.

The search looks at twelve main areas, or 'charges' (restrictions) and checks whether or not any of these apply to the property you are intending to buy, these are:

  • General financial charges
  • Specific financial charges
  • Planning charges
  • Miscellaneous charges
  • Fenland ways maintenance charges
  • Land compensation charges
  • New towns charges
  • Civil aviation charges
  • Opencast coal charges
  • Listed building charges
  • Light obstruction notices
  • Drainage scheme charges

This service should not be confused with the district land registry, if you have an enquiry that relates to ownership of the land you should direct yourself to the land registry website.

For more information about our local land charges search, please download this leaflet.

Contact our team by email landcharges@lichfielddc.gov.uk


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