Personal searches

The Council holds a range of information that relates to land and the environment. This information is held by a number of different Council teams and you will need to make contact with the Team who hold the information. Details of who holds that information and how they can be contacted is set out below.

Please ensure when requesting information that you set out clearly what information you want. It would be helpful to quote both the Con29 question and reference number.

Local land charges register

Information about obligations or charges relating to land and property that are enforceable against current and subsequent owners of land is available from looking at the local land charges register. This information is not normally available from looking at title deeds or from inspecting the land itself.

The Local Land Charges register can be inspected at customer services between 9:30 am - 4pm Monday to Friday. In order help staff obtain the relevant part of the register in advance, you will need to provide the land charges team with a plan (highlighted the property/Land extent in red) no later than 12 noon the day before you would like to attend. The land charges team is usually able to offer you an appointment the next working day, subject to availability if booked before noon.

Please email the land charges team at land.charges@darlington.gov.uk to make an appointment.

Planning information

Information relating to the planning history and other planning related information (such as whether a property is in a conservation area, community infrastructure levy, assets of community value, sustainable urban drainage systems etc.) can be obtained from Planning Services team at planning.enquiries@darlington.gov.uk

The team will respond to email requests for information and can also make the information available to be seen in person at the Town Hall by prior arrangement. Please email to arrange an appointment.

Building control

Information about building approval applications, decision date, completion certificates and whether there have been any proceedings for breach of building control can be obtained from building control at buildingcontrolenquiries@darlington.gov.uk

There is also an online enquiry form [online form, opens in new window]

Environmental health

Information about contaminated land, flood and coastal erosion, flood defence and land drainage consents, health and safety and legal notices that have been served on a property can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health team at environmentalhealth@darlington.gov.uk

Highways

Information about whether roads or footpaths have been adopted and details about road and traffic schemes can be obtained by personally visiting the Highways team based at 17 Allington Way, Darlington, DL1 4QB. Please email the department to arrange an appointment at highways@darlington.gov.uk.

Housing conditions

Information about housing such as whether houses in multiple occupation are licensed are subject to enforcement notices or whether any land and legal notices have been served on a property can obtained from Private Sector housing team.

There is an Online Private Sector Housing Contact Form [opens in new window]

Rights of Way

Information about whether rights of way can be obtained by personally visiting the Highways team based at 17 Allington Way, Darlington, DL1 4QB. Please email the department to arrange an appointment at RightsOfWay@darlington.gov.uk

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Information about Compulsory Purchase Orders can be obtained from the land charges team, to make an appointment email land.charges@darlington.gov.uk

Charges and response times

There are no charges for providing access to any of the above information and staff will seek to respond to enquiries as soon as they reasonably can. You are requested to seek to be reasonable in the nature and scope and nature of the enquiries made and appreciate that more detailed and volume based enquiries will take longer to respond to. Response time will also depend on the demands of other work being dealt with by the relevant staff.