Submit a local authority search

Your solicitor or licensed conveyancer will submit the search application with the appropriate fee to us. Only one copy of each form and plan is required for each search submitted.

How to submit a search online

We prefer you to submit and pay for a land search using our online form.

You may also use the National Land Information Service (NLIS). This service aims to speed up the conveyancing process by the use of electronic online transactions. Our current service enables us to receive and return searches via NLIS.

How to submit a search by email or post

You can also submit your land search request via email to or by post to: Local Land Charges, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY.

You’ll need to send:

Please mark clearly the outline of the area to be searched in red on an up-to-date plan. It is crucial that the plan also shows the surrounding roads and properties

Your search will be returned by email.

Fees for local land searches

Search requests will be returned if the fee submitted is incorrect. You can pay online using our website.

If you’re requesting searches on a regular basis, we’re happy to set up an account to invoice you on a monthly basis. Please email for help with this.

The CON29 and CON29O Search Request Form (PDF File, 315kb) sets out the fees.

Type of searchFees
Full Con29 Residential £93.60 incl. VAT
Full Con29 Commercial £127.20 incl. VAT
CON29O question Q21 No fee
CON29O question Q22 £45 incl. VAT
CON29O questions remainder £13.20 incl. VAT
Written enquiries £22.80 incl. VAT
Additional parcel - Con29 £12.36 incl. VAT
Quick return search - additional fee* additional fee of £22.20 incl. VAT
Light obstruction notice registration fee £88.20 incl. VAT

* Our quick return service for residential searches guarantees a turnaround of 3 working days. The £22.20 fee is required on top of your standard search fee. This service is only guaranteed on basic residential searches, but we’ll do our best to return non-standard searches as soon as possible. Payment must be received before 2.30pm to enable us to process your request.  This service is temporarily unavailable due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19.