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Land charges - search fees

After 3 years as a shared service we have reviewed our fees and we are now aligning them. This will enable us to provide an even better service, provide clarity for those customers who operate across boundaries and bring our fees in line with each other after 3 years without change. Subject to Full Council approval Swale fees will change on 1st December 2017 and subject to Committee approval Maidstone fees will be aligned on 6th December 2017. Tunbridge Wells official search fees are not changing, personal search fees will be changing on 1 April 2018.

To view our new fees, please visit the Maidstone Borough Council website.

Service updates

Search Submissions

From 12 October 2016, full searches can be emailed to us.

You'll need to make payment at the same time. You can pay for a:


HMRC have said that VAT will be charged on CON29 search fees starting 31 March 2017. Please review our fee pages for more information. Any searches received on 31 March that do not have the correct fee will be returned to the Solicitor or Agent.

New Forms

On 4 July 2016 new LLC1 and CON29 forms were published. You can buy them from the Oyez Store website. The CON29 form includes some additional questions about things like the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and assets of community value.  You need to submit your searches on the new forms or they will be returned.

Online Portal

We're currently building a new portal for people to submit, pay and receive searches online. This should be up and running in 2017.

Local Land Charges - full search fees

Residential Commercial
Products VAT Price ex-VAT Price inc VAT Price ex-VAT Price inc VAT
LLC1 No £36.30 n/a £36.30 n/a
CON29 Yes £84.20 £101.04 £99.70 £119.64
LLC1 and CON29 Part £120.50 £137.34 £136 £155.94
CON29O - Optional Enquiries (Exc Q22) Yes £16 £19.20 £16 £19.20
CON290 - Optional Q22 Yes £24 £28.80 £24 £28.80
Additional questions Yes £21 £25.20 £21 £25.20
Extra parcels - Full search Yes £12 £14.40 £12 £14.40
Extra parcels - Con 29 only Yes £9 £10.80 £9 £10.80

Extra Parcel fee on LLC1 only is £3 for both commercial and residential (no VAT is applicable). Swale Borough Council's fees are changing on the 1 December. To view the new fees, please visit the Maidstone Borough Council website.

Swale Personal

Question number
Description Price ex VAT
Price inc VAT
1.1 (a-j)
Planning decisions and applications
 £4.00  £4.80
1.1 (j-l) 3.7A, 3.8
Building control decisions
 £5.00  £6.00

Contact Land charge services by email or phone 01622 602251. Swale Borough Council's personal fees will be changing on 1 December 2017.

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