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

The charge for the financial year starting 1 April 2017 is £21.75 and is calculated as follows:

Costs £
Staff 173,400
Overheads 235,200
Development 18,200
Net over/under recovery 2014/15
426,800
Total £853,600

Estimated number of searches (3 year average) = 19,663

Unit cost per search = £21.75