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Land or Property Ownership Enquiries FAQ

The Council has a computerised system of large scale ordnance survey maps showing the boundaries of land owned by the council. Also shown on the database are details of acquisitions and disposals.

Please refer enquiries in the first instance to:

Linda Clift
Strategic Asset Management Team
Corporate Landlord Services
Place Directorate
The Council House
Dudley
DY1 1HL

Telephone: 01384 815323
Email: Linda.clift@dudley.gov.uk


  1. Do you have records of all sites within the Borough?
  2. How do I establish who owns land and property not in the ownership of the Council?
  3. How do I contact you to make an enquiry?
  4. How long will it take to deal with my enquiry?
  5. Is there a charge for this information?
  6. What if I want to purchase or lease a piece of Council owned land or property?
  7. How do I establish who is responsible for a specific boundary?
  8. Can you tell me if a footpath is a public right of way or if land is designated as public highway?
  9. If I have a problem with a site that I believe is Council owned, what do I do?
  10. Does the Council have any land or property for sale?
  11. Can the Council value my property on my behalf?

 


1. Do you have records of all sites within the Borough?

No, we only keep records relating to Council owned land which are based on the deeds that we hold.

2. How do I establish who owns land and property not in the ownership of the Council?

You will have to contact the Land Registry at:

Land Registry Citizen Centre,
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB


Tel 0300 006 0411
http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry


They will make a charge for the information requested.

3. How do I contact you to make an enquiry?

You can contact us by telephone, by email or in writing.  Simple enquiries can often be dealt with by telephone but more complex enquiries may have to be submitted in writing.

Our enquiry staff will ask you to identify the land in question and will work with you to establish the correct area of land. 

If it is not easily identified we may offer to send you a plan to mark and return to us so that we can deal with your enquiry.

4. How long will it take to deal with my enquiry?

Straightforward enquiries can be answered in a few minutes or by a return call. However more complex enquiries may involve the retrieval and study of deeds and documents or the involvement of other Council Officers and Directorates and may take several days or even weeks, depending upon the work involved and its complexity.

5. Is there a charge for this information?

Simple telephone enquires are currently dealt with free of charge although the council reviews its charging policy each April and we may have to make a charge for these enquiries in the future.

More complex enquiries or enquiries that require the retrieval of information are currently charged at Fee 1,  as indicated on the Fees list.


6. What if I want to purchase or lease a piece of Council owned land or property?

We have a leaflet which explains the procedure for purchasing Council owned land and other land matters. Please click on the link below to access this information:


7. How do I establish who is responsible for a specific boundary?

If it is a privately owned property or you have purchased your property from the Council under the right to buy, you will have to refer to your own deeds, your Solicitor or Coventry district land registry.

If it is a council owned property, we may be able to establish responsibility from the documents that we hold within our deeds but we may have to charge you for this information at Fee rate 1.


8. Can you tell me if a footpath is a public right of way or if land is designated as public highway?

No, we do not hold information regarding public rights of way or public highway. Enquiries relating to these matters must be referred to the Directorate of the Urban Environment, Highways Division, on 01384 815424.

9. If I have a problem with a site that I believe is Council owned, what do I do?

Please Call Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 to report the matter.

10. Does the Council have any land or property for sale?


11. Can the Council value my property on my behalf?

No the Council’s Surveyors carry out valuations for internal purpose only and represent the Councils interests.  We recommend that you find your own Property Surveyor to represent you in any land and property transactions.  Further information can be found by contacting RICS (add contact details).