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Official searches

When applying to the local authority, please supply:

  • one copy of the form(s)
  • an up to date Ordnance Survey extract plan clearly outlining the area to be searched in red
  • the correct fee

Where a property has been officially addressed, that address should be used, especially for new developments, including the postcode.

Please remember, incorrect or incomplete information may result in a delay in completing your search request.

Search requests can be emailed to us. Once your search has been accepted as valid we will email the BACS details for payment. Searches will not be processed until full payment has been received. Search results will be emailed.

Please note that searches are taking up to 20 working days to process and dispatch from the receipt of a valid search.

National Land Information Service (NLIS)

NLIS is a government initiative which carries the sole mandate of providing electronic official land and property information held by all Local Authorities in England and Wales, as well as other official sources of data, including HMLR, the Coal Authority and water companies.

The NLIS Hub acts as a gateway for conveyancers to access land and property information through one of the NLIS Licensed Channels listed below. The NLIS Hub is regulated by Land Data.

For further information on how to order NLIS searches visit the website