Local Authority Searches

What's it all about?

When you are buying or selling a house, your solicitor will make a search of the Council's records to ensure there are no hidden surprises, such as motorways at the bottom of your garden or outstanding Notices requiring you to take action to remedy an earlier wrong doing.

Official Local Land Charge Searches

The Local Land Charge Section carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries.

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search.

Water Searches

United Utilities looks after the network of public sewers in Tameside. This is a change because until recently, we carried out the day to day work on sewers in our area. This work has now transferred to United Utilities.

If you are asking for a search to be undertaken or you are waiting to undertake a personal search, please contact United Utilities Map Services on Telephone Number 0870 7510101. Access www.unitedutilities.com Link to External Website for further information.

Click here for help and advice on highway drainage, land drainage or private drainage.


Please note from the 1st January 2017 VAT will be charged on CON29 & CON29O Revised (0.07MB)

Full search both residential and commercial. £67.58
Con29R £45.48 (including VAT)
LLC1 £22.10
LLC1 extra neighbouring property £12.00
Extra part 2 questions £14.40 each (including VAT)
Extra parcel of land or adjacent property £12.00
Solicitors own written questions £30.00 (including VAT)
Personal search visit each address Free
Personal search neighbouring property Free
Commons / Village Green searches £14.40 (including VAT)


What is a Personal Search?

If you wish to look at the Local Land Charge Register you can do this free of charge. This involves going to Heginbotham Mill, Old Street, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 7SF by appointment only and carrying out a search yourself. Whilst you are there you can look at the land charges register and you can also have access to the Councils planning register/GIS Planweb database and the ARC view highways software.

If for any reason the highways information is unavailable you should contact highways@tameside.gov.uk  

To arrange your half an hour slot you can e-mail land.charges@tameside.gov.uk to book an appointment. There are 2 appointments available at 10.00 and 10.30 Monday-Friday

The council's computerised Building Regulations records do not extend back before 1 November 1999 so apart from using page (in development) to check that far back, prior non public records need to be searched manually. We will do this for you but there is a £20 fee for this service which can be ordered and paid for by clicking here. Copies of certificates cost £20 each and can be ordered and paid for on-line by following the link above.

Only the basic information that is required to be contained in these Registers is open for inspection.


Our Commitment to You

We aim to return all official searches within 20-25 working days.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Land Charges
Tameside MBC
Council Offices
Stamford Street
Ashton under Lyne
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4460