Local Land Charges
Local Authority and Personal Searches of the Local Land Charges Register
A local authority search is part of the land and property conveyance process. A search will reveal any 'charges' that the council holds against a property or piece of land. These 'charges' would include planning decisions, Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and listed buildings. A mortgage lender requires a search to ensure the full facts are known and that there is nothing untoward about the property.
A local authority search is made up of three legal documents.
- The LLC1 form, which covers the Local Land Charges register.
- The Con29 form which has specific questions such as 'Is the road adopted?', where we often need to collate answers from specialists in other council departments.
Both these forms are usually submitted to us together and constitute a 'standard search', but they can be submitted individually if appropriate.
- The separate 'Con29 Part II' form allows for specific extra questions and/or an 'Additional Enquiry' from the solicitor or conveyancer.
The fee schedule [198kb] shows the charges for each form.
Searches must be submitted to us on appropriate forms. Solicitors will have copies of these forms, or they are available from law stationers.
How long does a local authority search take?
We aim to complete Local Land Charge search requests within 10 working days. However, please tell us if you need completion by a specific date. We will always try to process any urgent searches as quickly as possible. We can email urgent searches if specifically requested.
Inspecting the register - Personal Searches
The Local Land Charges register can be inspected by any member of the public. This process is called a 'Personal Search'.
You will need to book an appointment with us to make a Personal Search.
The Personal Search is a search of the Local Land Charges register only.
If other information is required from other departments then please contact them directly.
You may find Local Land Charges 'Frequently asked Questions' [197kb] helpful.