Local Land Charges search

What is a Local Land Charges search?

Service Update May 2020

The Local Land Charges service will reopen on 26 May but will operate with reduced resources.  We are now able to accept and process requests for official searches (LLC1 and CON29) and requests for personal searches of the LLC Register.

Official Search requests should be sent to us in the normal way either by NLIS or via Royal Mail post, searches will be processed in date order and will be returned via email.  We are currently only able to respond to service or follow up enquiries submitted by email to [email protected] Please note we are currently not able to deal with any enquiries by phone.

Personal Searches requests of the LLC Register should be emailed to [email protected]

We aim to complete requests for personal searches within 5 working days of the request being received, however this is dependent upon numbers of requests received and resources available. [This will be kept under review and in the event that changes need to be made we will update you]. We are currently only able to respond to enquiries submitted by email to [email protected] . Please note we are currently not able to deal with any enquiries by phone.

Local Land Charges Search

In most cases, when a property or parcel of land is purchased, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out, a request for a Local Land Charges search is sent to the relevant local authority. 

This request for a search is usually (but not always) submitted by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Local Land Charges inform potential buyers of property or land whether they will inherit any obligations or restrictions such as a tree preservation order or enforcement notice.

There are three types of enquiries:

  • Obligations and restrictions (LLC1 form) - covers obligations and restrictions on the property imposed by the Local Authority which will be inherited by any subsequent owner e.g. tree preservation order, or listed building status
  • Standard enquiries (CON29R form) - covers things like planning history of the property, whether the road is publicly or privately maintained and whether there are any major road or rail proposals in the vicinity
  • Optional enquiries (CON29O form) - covers information about public paths or byways, houses in multiple occupation, hazardous substance consents and common land.  The questions are not relevant to all properties.