If you are planning to buy a house or plot of land, or lease a property, you
will need to know whether the local authority will charge you for any
outstanding or on-going services
What is a local authority search?
If you are planning to buy a house or plot of land, or lease a property, you will need to know whether the local authority will charge you for any outstanding or on-going services.
The search will provide you with important information so that you are aware of any charges or responsibilities you will be taking on when you exchange contracts.
The local land search also provides other important information such as proposed roads within the vicinity or changes to the existing road network.
These enquiries are carried out by the relevant borough and borough and district councils and the county council highway authority.
What is a personal search?
A personal search is an alternative method of producing standard searches as opposed to requesting an official search directly from the local authority.
A personal searcher (can be an individual or a representative of a personal search company) will manually inspect the records provided by local authorities to provide the necessary information for the purposes of the requisition.
Enquiries Northamptonshire County Council deal with
CON29 Required enquiries of the local authority (2016 edition)
Enquiries 1 to 3 deal with enquiries relating to planning, highways, (including Public Rights of Way) and environmental services which may affect the property or land. We will reply to this for one inclusive fee based on cost recovery only in accordance with legislation.
CON29(O) Optional enquiries of the local authority (2016 edition)
Enquiries 4 to 22 relate to road proposals by private bodies and Commons Registration Searches.
To request a search
Please download the Highway Information Request form below which also includes the relevant fees. The excel file will calculate the final charge for you.
There are new fees for highway extent enquiries that came into force 1 April 2020.
Communities and local government (CLG) guidance
We recognize the need to comply with the Good Practice Guidance released by the department of Communities and Local Government (CLG). The guidance was produced in response to a study by the Office of Fair Trading in 2005 which concluded that the access to information held by local authorities was limited and this would hinder private sector companies in compiling property searches.
In order to comply with the guidance, we have produced an 'information note' that contains all of the necessary details required for private sector companies and individuals to be able to answer the Local Enquiries required for a search.