Land & Property Enquiries: Land Charges

Staffordshire County Council is the Highway Authority for the districts within Staffordshire and the Land Charges Section holds information about the status and extents of the highway (excluding trunk roads and motorways), Section 38 information where applicable, Road Schemes, Traffic Schemes, Public Rights of Way, Stopping up of Roads/Footways, Compulsory Purchases, Common Land and Village Greens.

The Land Charges team provides a vital service for anyone buying land or property in Staffordshire.

Along with partners in the District and Borough Councils, they provide a comprehensive land search service, holding the critical information that people need about their land and property purchasing decisions.

A full Local Authority Search can be obtained by contacting the relevant District/Borough Council|

Queries relating to the status of extent of the highways and the proximity of traffic or road schemes may also be requested through a Highway Search Enquiry Form|.  This form can be emailed to land.charges@staffordshire.gov.uk|  together with a plan of the land or property being searched upon or alternatively can be posted to the address below.  Please note this service is subject to a fee.  Please see below for fees and charges.

For anyone wishing to obtain information regarding the adoption status of a highway can visit LocalView.|  This service is available free of charge.

Staffordshire County Council Land Charges is based within the Highway Data Team and can be contacted by post at Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH 

Telephone :   01785 276584/94 (for highway related enquiries only)

Email : land.charges@staffordshire.gov.uk|

For Personal Search Information please see PDF Documentinformation note (pdf, 250kb).  This service may be requested via completion of the above Highway Search Enquiry Form and emailed to land.charges@staffordshire.gov.uk|

The County Land Charges Service:

  • Ensures land or property purchasers are fully aware of highway issues affecting purchases.
  • Protects the interests of the County Council in its role as the Highway Authority in relation to the transfer of land.
  • Maintains records relating to Highway matters imposed by legislation.

County Land Charges main functions:

  • Completion of Highway Searches.
  • Completion of Commons Registration Searches.
  • Provision of highway boundary images in digital format for County Council use.
  • Provide an efficient service at an economic cost.
  • Continually develop quality standards and performance indicators.
  • Improve partnership arrangements with District Councils, national bodies and clients.
  • Incorporate the Governments strategy for electronic government by 2005.
Records Held
  • Ordnance Survey Sheets
  • Prescribed Building/Improvement Line Surveys.
  • Commons Registration data.
  • Common Land and Village Green data.
  • Highway Boundary information.
  • Section 38 information.
  • Rights of Way information.
  • Gas and Oil pipeline information.
  • Traffic Regulation orders.

County Land Charges Fees: 01/04/2014 to 31/03/2015

CON 29 R Enquiries:             £28.87

CON 29 O Enquiries:             £3.32 each when requested with CON 29R Enquiries

CON 29 O Enquiries Only:      £16.53 + £3.32 per question

LLC1 Enquiries:                   £17.65

Highway Extent Enquiry        £78.76 (inc VAT) 

Qu.22 Further Info.              £16.53

CON 29 R Component Data:   £16.53 + £1.12 per question

Payment can be made by forwarding a cheque made payable to Staffordshire County Council when submitting Highway Search Enquiry Form, or alternatively by prior arrangement we can issue an invoice when the search has been carried out.  We return all search results via email.

Please note that in order to ensure that we continue to provide an efficient service to all enquirers we require CON29 search requests by a completed Highway Search Enquiry Form to be received prior to 11.00 a.m. each day.  Any request made after this time will be booked in the following day.  This procedure will ensure each search is dealt with both in a timely manner and in the order that it is received, as per legislative requirements. 

Please note that we are unable to offer a service to prioritise individual search requests.

 pdf Calculation of fees|  (pdf, 1.41mb)  

Important Notice - Information Commissioners Office: Guidance on Property Search Information and the Environmental Information Regulations 

The Information Commissioner issued a guidance note in respect of land searches and environmental regulations on the 16 July 2009. For the purposes of clarity Staffordshire County Council would make the following statement:

Pending discussions between the Information Commissioner, Local Government Association and other parties there will be no changes to the current arrangements for Land Charges and their administration. We are currently monitoring these discussions and continue to review any guidance issued.

Philip Jones, Head of Information Governance, Staffordshire County Council

Public Register

The information obtainable free of charge by the inspection of Public Registers is as follows

A. County Council

  • Inspection of Adopted Highways Register - Land Charges Section
  • Public Rights of Way - Rights of Way Section
  • Register of Common Land and Village Greens - Land Charges Section

This information is also available by visiting LocalView.|

B. District Council

  • Inspection of the Local Land Charges Register
  • Inspection of Planning Registers
  • Inspection of Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices and Breach of Condition
    Notes, Planning Contravention Notices
  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Planning Designations and Proposals adopted or proposed development
    Plan
  • Inspection of Contaminated Land Register under Section 78R(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Nearby Railway Schemes
  • Inspection of Maps of Public Sewers
  • Inspection of Litter Control Areas and Street Litter Control Notices - (Section 95 of Environmental Protection Act 1990)
  • Hazardous Substances Consents (Section 28, Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990)
  • Noise Abatement Zones

District Council Fees

Please refer direct to the relevant District/Borough Council for further information.

Comments, Suggestions or Complaints

If you wish to make any comments, suggestions or complaints about our Highway Search Service please address these to:-

Jackie Atkin
Highway Data Manager
Staffordshire County Council
Wedgwood Building
Tipping Street
Stafford
ST16 2DH

Tel:  01785 276584
Email:  jacqueline.atkin@staffordshire.gov.uk|

or via our Contact us| page

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