Local land charges
Local land charges
What is a Local Land Charges Search?
It is the statutory duty for Chiltern District Council to maintain the register of Local Land Charges. The register is updated on a daily basis to ensure that the most accurate information is held.
A Local Land Charge is a liability or burden imposed on land which will become binding on successive owners. Examples of these charges include: Conditional Planning Permissions, Financial Charges, Legal Agreements, Planning Agreements, Enforcement Notices, Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Tree Preservation Orders.
Any potential new owner needs to be aware of the existence of any charges as they are enforceable by the Council.
Submitting a Local Authority Land Charges Search
The LLC1 form is a request to search the local land charges register only. Please ensure that the form is completed in full.
The Con29R form consists of a number of 'required' enquiries and these are answered by different departments within the Council, with the exception of the highway questions, which are answered by Bucks County Council.
The Con29O form consists of pre determined optional enquiries which you may wish to ask about. Included in these optional questions is now the Commons Registration search question.
All these forms may be submitted independently of each other but please ensure that 2 copies of the plan, with the area to be search clearly outlined, is submitted with the above forms.
Ensure that the correct fees are included and that your cheque is payable to Chiltern District Council.
If you wish to pay by card please telephone 01494 732007/8. There is no charge for a Debit Card payment, but if you pay by Credit Card a handling charge of 1.6% will be added.
When property or land is being purchased we strongly recommend that a full official search is carried out.
To view fees for Local land Charge Searches please click on the following link:
Our turnaround time is usually 1-3 working days, but due to current staff resources could be up to 5 - 7 working days from time of acceptance.
Please see following link:
A personal Search may be carried out by anyone, but does not bear the official stamp of The Council and is therefore not an Official Search. It is a search of the Register only carried out by persons other than council employees and once the Register has been inspected then the search has been conducted.
If you wish to carry out a personal search please note that this is now a self service facility. There is a dedicated PC available in Customer Services at the Council Offices, where you may view extracts of the Local Land Charges Register. No appointment is now necessary.
CON29R Enquiries from 01 December 2010
From 01.12.2010 we shall continue to answer all CON 29R data questions as a package.
If you require only some of the Con 29R questions and these are answered by Chiltern DC then we shall continue to do so.
If however you require some of the Con 29R questions which are answered by Bucks County Council (please see the fees list for the exact questions) then you should apply direct Land charges at Buckinghamshire County Council with the appropriate fee.
There are currently three options to submit electronically.
1) Direct Electronic submission
2) NLIS National Land Information Service
The National Land & Property Information Service (NLIS) provides electronic local authority property searches across England and Wales via a number of channels.
3) TM group online Conveyancing Services
TM Search Choice is an independent private company which also offers electronic searches.
Your solicitor can order an official search from the TM Search Choice website and it will be delivered back electronically, via their website.
For further details please contact TM Search Choice on 0844 249 9203 or visit TM group online Conveyancing Services
Information Commissioner's Office
Guidance on property search information and the Environmental Information Regulations.
Chiltern District Council has received the above guidance document and is currently in the process of interpreting its contents. The Council is not obliged to follow the guidance of the ICO on this issue, as it is not statutory and we have chosen not to follow this guidance at this time pending legal opinion which the LGA is seeking on behalf of the sector.
While we seek such guidance, property search information will of course remain available to search companies under our existing access and charging regime under the Local Authorities (England)(Charges for Property Searches) Regulations 2008.
The Council no longer acts as agent for Thames Water Utilities Ltd and any questions relating to drainage should be referred direct to them.