Charges for property searches

How we set our fees for Land Charges searches

The Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Searches) Regulations 2008 Section 9(1) requires the local authority to publish a statement setting out:

  1. estimates the local authority has made under regulation 6(2) (estimates of total cost and estimate of numbers of requests) in respect of the unit charge for the following financial year
  2. basis for those estimates
  3. amount of the unit charge it proposes for the following financial year
Current financial year (2018 to 2019)

The charge for the financial year starting 1 April 2018 is £35.00 and is calculated as follows:

Type of cost Cost
Staff £260,000
Overheads £270,000
Other costs (inc IT) £50,000
Total Cost of Service £580,000

Number of searches = 16,500

Unit cost per search = £35

Previous years

Below are the historic figures and information on the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years for actual costs and income received for the service.

This page will be updated to include 2018/19 actual costs by 30th June 2019 as per the Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Searches) Regulations.

2017/18 Final Costs

Type of cost Cost
Staff Costs £239,000
Overheads £283,000
Other costs (inc IT) £40,000
Total Cost of Service £562,000

Total number of searches (2016/17) = 16,496

Unit cost per search = £21.75

Total Income = £318,000

Over/(Under) Cost Recovery for 2017/18 (£244,000)

2016/17 Final Costs

Type of cost Cost
Staff Costs £250,000
Overheads £262,000
Other costs (inc IT) £10,000
Total Cost of Service £522,000

Total number of searches (2016/17) = 16,580

Unit cost per search = £20.50

Total Income = £340,000

Over/(Under) Cost Recovery for 2016/17 (£182,000)

2015/16 Final Costs

Type of cost Cost
Staff Costs £244,000
Overheads £252,000
Other costs (inc IT) £10,000
Total Cost of Service £506,000

Total number of searches (2015/16) = 18,853

Unit cost per search = £19.50

Total Income = £368,000

Over/(Under) Cost Recovery for 2015/16 = (£138,000)