What is a Local Land Charge?
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.
If a request for answers to enquiries about a property is submitted to the Local Land Charges Section the Council will be entitled to treat this as a request for an enhanced service and a charge will be made in accordance with the Local Authorities (England)(Charges for Property Searches) Regulations 2008.
Please note - that property information may also be requested under the provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via Freedom of Information requests and may be subject to a charge under those statutory provisions.
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 Highways.
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.
When property or land is being purchased we strongly recommend that a full official search is carried out.
We aim to return searches within 3 working days from time of acceptance.
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-serve 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.
There are currently three options to submit electronically.
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.
TM group online Conveyancing Services
TM Search Choice is an independent private company which also offers electronic searches.