West Berkshire Council

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 decisionsTree 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.

  1. The LLC1 form, which covers the Local Land Charges register.
  2. 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.
  3. The separate 'Con29 Part II' form allows for specific extra questions and/or an 'Additional Enquiry' from the solicitor or conveyancer.

The pdf icon Local Land Charges fees (2021) [227kb] 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?

Due to the increase in the number of searches requested, caused largely due to the stamp duty holiday, any submission will now take longer than 10 working days. We estimate that any search requested will take up to twenty working days to complete. Your patience is appreciated during a period of high demand. We realise that all searches are urgent and our staff are working hard to make sure the requests are processed as quickly as possible.

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'.

From 25 January 2021, all Personal Search appointments at our offices have been temporarily suspended. However, we will be able to carry out the personal search on your behalf and will supply the results by email. You will need to contact us at PersonalSearches@westberks.gov.uk providing a full address and plan of the property concerned.

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 doc icon Local Land Charges 'Frequently asked Questions' [437kb] helpful.

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