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Our Conveyancing and Local Land Charges team provides a timely and professional service and on average in 2017 returned search reports to customers in 3 working days.

The team were awarded the Best Customer Experience Award at the Land Data, Local Land Charges Awards 2017.

What to expect

Our current average turnaround is 3 days.

Where do we cover

Civicance is responsible for producing local searches within the Cheshire East area; this includes the boroughs formerly known as Congleton, Crewe & Nantwich and Macclesfield Borough Councils. However, you can also submit requests to us for search sites which are outside of this area. We can then make the requests to the relevant authorities on your behalf and obtain reports for you.

Requesting additional conveyancing searches

If you need additional searches for example environmental reports, Land registry ownership searches, chancel reports please request an online quote or call the team direct.

Requesting a Local Land Charge Search

Request your search by email, post, Document Exchange (DX) or via National Land Information Service (NLIS) please check our direct contact details.

Please complete and supply with your request:

  • The appropriate forms for your search e.g. LLC1, Con 29R, Con29O
  • An appropriate Ordnance Survey Plan preferably 1:2500 scale with the search site outlined in red

All plans submitted with search requests should meet the requirements set out in the  Map Standard Procedure (PDF, 98KB). Any searches submitted will be subject to the Cancellation Procedure (PDF, 119KB).


If your request is for a full search (LLC1 and Con29R) payments can be made by credit card over the phone (01270 686787) or alternatively submit a cheque, via mail or DX 725221 Crewe 8. 

We can only begin to process your search request upon receipt of payment.

Expedited searches

Yes, we can expedite full searches request orders (LLC1 & Con 29R) a small additional charge is payable. Most searches are returned in a few hours, we guarantee to return the search in 24 hours or we will refund the additional charge.

Additional solicitors questions

Those additional questions which are submitted with a Full Local Authority search, will be accepted on a case by case basis, providing the question is reasonable and Land Charges staff have access to the information to provide a response.

If there is another scheme in operation which provides access to this information then customers may be redirected to another department to obtain the response. 

Copies of Planning Decision Notices

Copies of Planning Decision Notices can be obtained free of charge for both Residential and Commercial Searches if a full Local Authority Search has been completed. 

A maximum of 3 Decisions for Residential and 5 Decisions for Commercial can be requested.

Please use our decision request form to submit your request.