Local Authority Search

Local authority searches are enquiries made of the local authority about the property you intend to purchase.

The search will be carried out at the beginning of the purchase conveyancing process, usually as part of a bundle of searches that also includes an environmental search and water search.

The local authority search should offer buyers a degree of peace of mind about the property they are buying and the area in which it is situated. Local authority searches can be quite costly (around £300). If you are taking out a mortgage your lender will insist on the searches, however if you’re a cash buyer you could choose not to have them.

The local authority search will let you know if the property:

  • Is situated in a conservation area
  • is a listed building
  • as in a smoke control area
  • is impacted by any local development schemes
  • is affected by any tree preservation orders all
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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