Commons and Not So Common Conveyancing Searches

When your Conveyancing Solicitor kicks off your Conveyancing transaction, formal searches will be top of the list.

You can see from previous blog posts for the when, why and wherefores of Local Authority searches and Chancel Repair Liability Searches.

Here is a round up of other searches which may be carried out by your Conveyancing Solicitor, some of which will be obvious some less so

Compulsory under the old HIP regulations, most Conveyancing Solicitors will still carry one a Water and Drainage search as a matter of course.

The reasons for such a search are to discover; the location of the nearest public sewer; is there a public sewer within the boundaries of the property and whether the sewers are adopted or still private.

Commons searches are crucial, where the property you are purchasing is close to or separated from the road by “common land or a village green”.

In general no development is allowed where land has been registered and designated as a common or a town or village green.

Some searches have a purely regional tint: Conveyancing in Dudley or Conveyancing in Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton will flag up a Limestone search. Conveyancing in Cheshire; Conveyancing in Great Manchester or Droitwich Spa will normally require a Brine Search.

Clay searches are common when Conveyancing is carried out in Dorset, West Devon or Cornwall.

If you are buying and having your Conveyancing in West Devon or Cornwall then invariably a Tin search will be advisable.

These regional searches will be relevant to you, even where any such mining operations may have ceased many years ago. The risk is one of subsidence.

If you are also taking out a mortgage, your Lender will need to have such information before it decides to lend money on the property.

If you are carrying out conveyancing in Yate for example you may need a Coal Mining Search, as you will probably need one for Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath.


Your Conveyancing solicitor will look at each Conveyancing transaction on its merits.

Where you have any doubts always consult with your Conveyancing Solicitor