Land Charges Service Update

The council will be working as normal because staff can work from home however we need to help support you as customers and reduce any risk so to that end we are changing our procedures with immediate effect as shown below:

Personal searches and EIR data will be emailed through to prevent the need to access the council offices however turnaround times will be increased to between 5 and 10 working days (this will be kept under review). This is the same for all search types and we hope it will allow for continuation of the services whilst allowing for potential staff sickness as well as scheduled leave.

Please allow additional time for us to fulfil requests for copy documents as well. It will not necessarily be possible to send documents by return and 5-10 working days is going to be more likely, especially if the documents are in paper archives at the council offices. Please be aware that it might eventually be the case that we will be unable to provide any documents held in office based archives and not already scanned.

These arrangements will remain in place until we are advised otherwise.

If you have a question about an item on a Local Search result, or need further searches, for Water or Mining, this page can help you.

I need to ask about an item on my search result.

Details of the agencies and organisations you should contact for more information are listed here:

  • Planning queries within the Council's area and outside of Dartmoor National Park: Please contact us for further information
  • Planning queries within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park: Please contact Dartmoor National Park Authority (opens in new window).
  • Highways queries relating to such things as the extent of an adopted highway: Please contact Devon County Council Land Charges (opens in new window).
  • Public Rights of Way maps can be viewed at Devon County Council Mapping Service (opens in new window).
  • Highways Agency for any questions about Trunk Roads such as the A30 or A38: Please contact Highways Agency (opens in new window).

I need to carry out additional searches for mining works and water/drainage mining searches

This is just a selection of companies that can offer mining searches:


I need assistance with water and/or drainage searches.

Please contact South West Water.

For any further information, please contact the Local Land Charges team and we will do our best to help you. Our email address is searches@swdevon.gov.uk