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 (2019 to 2020)

The charge for the financial year starting 1 April 2019 is £39.00 and is calculated as follows:

Type of cost Cost
Staff £248,200
Overheads £294,000
Other costs (inc IT) £51,150
Total Cost of Service £593,350

Number of searches = 15,250

Unit cost per search = £39

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.

2018/19 Final Costs

Type of cost Cost
Staff Costs £211,745
Overheads £240,344
Other costs (inc IT) £90,000
Total Cost of Service £542,089

Total number of searches including 'itemised-part' searches (2018/19) = 15,782

Unit cost per search varying throughout the year = £35.00 (Average)

Total Income = £453,297

Cost Recovery for 2018/19 = -£88,792 (Under-recovery)

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)