Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Personal searches and unrefined data

Personal searches

You, your solicitor or an agent can carry out a personal search, which involves the inspection of the Local Land Charges Register only.

For this you need to come to the One Stop Shop, The Guildhall, Northampton NN1 1DE, where the Local Land Charges Register is held electronically on a computer system. We operate an appointments system and require a minimum of 24 hours' notice.

We operate in accordance with the 2005 "Personal Searches Guidance for Local Authorities and Personal Searchers," together with the “Good Practice Guidance for Local Authorities and Personal Searches” published in January 2008.

Appointments are made by telephoning the Land Charges section on 01604 838930 and the information we require is:

  • The full address of the property / site to be searched
  • The name of the person / company making the request
  • A contact telephone number
  • An agreed date and time when the searcher will visit

We are open during office hours between 9am – 11.30am and 1pm – 3.30pm. We ask that you keep to your agreed appointment time. Only sixteen properties can be booked at any one appointment.

A personal search is an inspection of the Land Charges Register only, therefore all information will need to be copied. Other records can also be inspected, free of charge. This is not an official local authority search.

Personal search agents will carry out personal searches together with inspections of other records free of charge, in an attempt to compile the same replies contained within the CON29R. It is not possible to obtain all information contained within the CON29R via this route. This information is referred to as ‘unrefined (raw) data and is available to all searchers, at cost.

Unrefined CON29R (raw) data

Northampton Borough Council can now provide access to the unrefined CON29R data.  Should you wish to submit an enquiry, please complete the Raw Data Request Form linked available from the Land Charges section or as a download:

All fees and instructions will be included on the form. A separate requisition is necessary for each additional property. Please email your completed form to landcharges@northampton.gov.uk

In relation to the information that is currently publicly available, access arrangements have not changed.

Highways schemes

For information in respect of Highways Schemes please address correspondence to:

KIERWSP
Highway Investigation & Searches
Riverside House
Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 5NX

DX 12481 Northampton 1.
Tel: 01604 654420

Reviewed February 2017