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Local land charges

If you are considering purchasing land or property you will want as full a picture as possible of the site you are interested in. This can either be an official search conducted by the Local Land Charges Team, or by a private search company who visit the Council to do a personal search of public records and apply for information which is not in the public domain.

There is a charge for register access and access to information. 

The Local Land Charges Search is normally submitted by either the purchaser's or the vendors’ solicitor.

Land ownership queries

Please contact HM Land Registry on 0844 8921111 for queries relating to: 

  • Land ownership 
  • Land and/or property boundaries 
  • Title plans
  • Private covenants
  • Restrictions on land 

Borough Council local land charges

The Local Land Charges Section is responsible for maintaining the Local Land Charges Register and providing fast access to the information required to complete your official Local Authority Search.

The Local Land Charges Register holds information on any legal obligation, restrictions or prohibitions enforceable against the land or property, or a financial charge that is binding on successive owners and/or occupiers.

Personal search

For queries related to any searches submitted to a personal search company you need to contact the company or your solicitor directly.

A personal search of the Local Land Charges Register can be made by appointment at the Council Offices at Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

You can book an appointment by emailing the full address and location plan to local.landcharges@bedford.gov.uk you will receive an email response confirming when your appointment is.

This is not a full search and may be considered inadequate by a lender or purchaser. The Council cannot guarantee the information contained in a personal search, which is compiled by private individual’s solicitors or agents, and not by Council staff.

Land charges fees

These fees are effective from 1 April 2017, and still correct as of February 2020.

Contact local land charges

Local Land Charges Section
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Email: Local.LandCharges@bedford.gov.uk
DX 117105 – Bedford 4.

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