Latest updates on Local Authority turnaround times

With the stamp duty holiday deadline looming, we continue to see severe delays from some Local Authorities.

The pent-up demand has caused pressures across the industry with Local Authorities being heavily impacted throughout the UK. Some of the worst affected LA’s are averaging up to 56 working days to return search results.

To keep your transaction moving and to assist you in accurately setting your customers’ expectations, it is recommended that you order your pre-completion searches as soon as possible to avoid further delays.

You can find details of the latest lead times of our most frequently ordered Local Authorities below. This page will be updated should these figures change over the coming weeks. 

If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Services team on 0800 085 8050 or contact your account manager.

*All turnaround times are for official searches unless otherwise stated. 

Boston Borough Council (Personal) - 56

East Staffordshire Borough Council (Residential) - 51

Boston Borough Council - 50

Islington London Borough Council - 49

Hastings Borough Council - 45

Torbay Council - 45

Dorset Council (North Dorset District Council) - 43

Melton Borough Council (Residential) - 40

Lichfield District Council (Residential) - 36

Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council - 35

Wealden District Council (Commercial) - 35

Welwyn Hatfield District Council (Commercial) - 35

Coventry City Council (Residential) - 34

Durham County Council (Commercial) - 34

Melton Borough Council (Commercial) - 34

Wiltshire Council (Personal) - 34

Breckland District Council (Personal) - 33

Epping Forest District Council - 33

Huntingdonshire District Council (Residential) (Personal) - 30

Wealden District Council (Commercial) - 30

Waverley Borough Council - 29

Bedford Council (Residential) (Personal) - 27

West Lindsey District Council - 27

Welwyn Hatfield District Council (Residential) - 26

Pembrokeshire County Council - 24

South Kesteven District Council (Commercial) - 24

Wiltshire Council (Official) - 24

Camden London Borough Council - 22

Rother District Council - 22

Scarborough Borough Council (North Yorkshire Moors National Park) - 22

Havering London Borough Council - 21

East Hampshire District Council - 20

Gwynedd Council - 20

Shropshire Council (Residential) - 20

South Kesteven District Council (Residential) - 20

South Staffordshire District Council (Residential) - 20

Harrogate Borough Council (Residential) - 19

Harrogate Borough Council (Commercial) - 19

South Cambridgeshire District Council (Commercial) - 19

Herefordshire Council - 19

Eastleigh Borough Council - 18

Enfield London Borough Council (Residential) - 18

Greenwich London Borough Council - 18

Harborough District Council (Personal) - 18

Richmondshire District Council /InPk - 18

Waltham Forest Borough Council (Residential) - 18

Cambridge City Council (Residential) - 17

Eden District Council /ExPk - 17

Hertsmere Borough Council (Residential) - 17

Stroud District Council - 17

Chichester District Council (Personal) - 16

Dover District Council - 16

North Norfolk District Council - 16

Runnymede Borough Council (Commercial) - 16

South Cambridgeshire District Council (Residential) - 16

Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council (Residential) - 16

Harrow London Borough Council - 15

Kingston Upon Thames Royal London - 15

North Warwickshire Borough Council - 15

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council - 15

Cornwall Council (Personal) - 14

Cornwall Council - 14

East Northamptonshire District Council (Personal) - 14

Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Commercial) - 14

Mole Valley District Council (Personal) - 14

South Kesteven District Council (Residential) (Personal) - 14

Huntingdonshire District Council (Commercial) - 14

Derbyshire Dales District Council (Personal) - 13

Horsham District Council - 13

Bedford Council (Residential) - 13

Breckland District Council - 13

Broadland District Council (Commercial) - 13

East Northamptonshire District Council - 13

Hillingdon London Borough Council (Residential) - 13

North Lincolnshire Council (Commercial) - 13

Reading Borough Council - 13

Tamworth Borough Council (Residential) - 13

Trafford Borough Council - 13

West Lancashire District Council - 13

Worthing Borough Council - 13

Amber Valley District Council - 12

Chelmsford City Council - 12

Great Yarmouth Borough Council (Residential) - 12

Ashford Borough Council (Residential) - 12

Croydon London Borough Council (Personal) - 12

Derbyshire Dales District Council - 12

Stafford Borough Council (Residential) - 12

St Albans City and District Council (Residential) - 12

Cannock Chase District Council (Residential) - 11

East Hertfordshire District Council - 11

Fenland District Council (Commercial) - 11

Huntingdonshire District Council (Residential) - 11

Kettering Borough Council (Residential) - 11

Leicester City Council - 11

Redbridge London Borough Council (Residential) - 11

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - 11

Sevenoaks District Council - 11

Windsor & Maidenhead Royal Borough - 11

Cherwell District Council - 10

Chichester District Council - 10

Dacorum Borough Council (Residential) - 10

Harlow District Council - 10

Ipswich Borough Council - 10

Mid Devon District Council - 10

St Helens Borough Council - 10

Last updated 22/03/2021