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Personal Search Appointments (Land Charges)

Anyone can make a request to carry out a Personal Search. However, they should be prepared and competent to carry out a search and inspection of local authority records without assistance from local authority staff. We offer no compensation for Personal Searches.

Both the Land Charges Register and Planning Registers are made available for inspection, free of charge, at our offices in Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7WF.

We operate an appointment system. Slots are made available Monday to Friday at 9am, 10.30am and 2pm. Requests for an appointment should be emailed to We do not accept appointment requests by telephone. We require at least 5 working days notice from receipt of your email to your choice of date for the appointment to ensure we have adequate time to check the plans, addresses and prepare the relevant documents for inspection. We allow up to 6 addresses per appointment and 90 minutes per appointment slot. Please note we do NOT add on addresses to appointments already booked.

When emailing please include the following:-

  • A reasonable location plan, outlining in red the area to be searched.
  • Please specify your preferred appointment slot, ideally providing up to three options to avoid going back and forth with dates and times.

We will reply by email confirming your appointment. Do not assume that you have an appointment until you receive a confirmation email from us.

We provide the following information for inspection only;

  • An extract of the Local Land Charges Register
    (please note we do not reveal planning approvals prior to 1974).
  • Maps relevant to the area you have requested, plotting all planning applications from 1974 until 2012. The planning references up to the year 2005 are in the format i.e. 942/05 the last two digits indicating the year of the application. You will be given access to “Document Viewer” at your appointment to view these planning decisions. Midway through 2005 the format changed to i.e. 05/0943 the first two digits indicating the year of the application. Please note that from 2006 all planning applications and decisions can be viewed on the Council's website  http:/
  • If applicable a list of Building Regulation Decisions and Completion Certificates from 1 April 2002 onwards. Please note we do not reveal replies to Con 29 2016 1.1(l) in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme.  These enquiries should be referred to the owner/occupier.
  • Worcestershire County Council Street Lists providing the status of roadways. All other Highway enquiries i.e. extents, road and traffic schemes together with footpath enquiries should be referred direct to Worcestershire County Council.  Please refer to their website 
  • Details of how to obtain the information required for the Con29 Part I & II Version 2016 are available via this link.

The paperwork is made available for inspection only and should not be taken away from the office.
Copies via camera/mobile phone etc. are not permitted. 

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Full details of Planning Applications and Decisions including Decision Notices from 2006, can be viewed on our website

Planning Policy information is available on our website


PLEASE NOTE: Wyre Forest District Council is reviewing the Local Plan which can be viewed on

Drainage matters would be dealt with by Severn Trent and you can view their website

Matters relating to Public Rights of Way can be viewed on Worcestershire County Councils website

Road adoptions can be viewed on the Worcestershire County Councils website where they have published the latest list of streets (classified and unclassified roads)


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