Local land charges search
When buying a property or piece of land, your solicitor will submit a local land charges search which will show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.
We will investigate any restrictions and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from different council departments including planning, building control, highways, environmental health and planning policy related information.
Types of searches
We will not work on your search until payment has been made. Information on online payments and payment by account, how to pay and our schedule of accounts can be found on our fees page.
Form LLC1 consists of a search of the local land charges register and reveals if there are any outstanding charges such as financial ones where money is owed to the council when work has been carried out on the property or land.
It will also tell you if, for example, the property is a listed building, in a conservation or smoke control zone, conditional planning applications as well as if any trees on the property are protected by tree preservation orders.
Con29O contains a series of further, optional questions and may be submitted as stand alone or with Con29. As with CON29, the questions cover various information from various council departments, including for example Houses in Multiple Occupation, Noise Abatement and Hazardous Substance Consents.
Form CON29 and CON29O
Form Con29 is a questionnaire and contains a series of standard questions covering information from various council departments. It contains Part 1 standard questions, known as Con29(R) revealing any road proposals or schemes, compulsory purchase orders, enforcement actions, building regulations or planning applications and formal/informal notices.
Most searches consist of both LLC1 and Con29, often referred to as a full search.
Con29O contains a series of further, optional questions and may be submitted as stand alone or with Con29. As with CON29, the questions cover information from various council departments, including for example Houses in Multiple Occupation, Noise Abatement and Hazardous Substance Consents.
Anyone can make a personal search. However, it is not always as comprehensive as the local authority search as it is only a search of the local land charges register and other statutory registers held by the council that are open for public inspection.
Appointments are available between Monday and Friday of each week (excluding bank holidays) and we request you provide 24 hours notice of when you want to carry out a personal search, providing name and contact details and be prepared to identify the land against which you want to search.
To book an appointment please email Customer Services.
Delivery of services
We have a Local Performance Indicator of six working days (upon receipt of payment) to turn around all searches including searches submitted using the Search Request Form. Requests for information under Environmental Information Regulations will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days. More information on this is available on our freedom of information pages.
We will endeavour to make all Public Registers, such as the Local Land Charges Register, available the next working day. However, this may not be possible where demand for services is high. In such cases you will be offered the next available appointment time.
Results of searches where a fee is payable will not be delivered in any form until payment has been received.