Local Land Charges search

What is a Local Land Charges search?

Service Update July 2020

The Local Land Charges service is currently operating with reduced resources.  

  • Official Search requests should be sent to us in the normal way either by NLIS or by email (with BACS payment).  We aim to complete requests for official searches within 5 working days of the request being received.
  • We are currently only able to respond to enquiries by email sent to: [email protected]
  • We are currently not able to deal with any enquiries by phone.
  • Inspection of the Local Land Charges (LLC) Register is suspended as our buildings remain closed to visitors. Personal searches requests of the LLC Register should be emailed to: [email protected]. (This decision will be reviewed in September. Please check this page for updates.)

For further information, see the following pages.

What is a Local Land Charges Search?

A Local Land Charges search is an essential part of buying and selling homes and land.

A request for a search is sent to the relevant local authority when a property or parcel of land is purchased, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out. If you are the buyer, the search is usually submitted by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer. 

The search process reveals important information about the property or land being bought or sold. 

For an extra fee, buyers can also ask the council for information not covered by the standard questions. It may not be possible to respond to enquiries of a very wide scope.

Local Land Charges forms

The Local Land Charges Register holds entries usually imposed by a local authority which run with the land regardless of a change in ownership.

 The LLC1 certificate includes all entries on the local land charges register, including:

  • financial charges
  • tree preservation orders
  • conservation area
  • conditional planning consents
  • improvement grants

The form CON29 Enquiries reveals issues such as:

  • who maintains the road the property is on
  • the planning and building control history of the property
  • traffic schemes
  • compulsory purchase orders
  • proposed tree preservation orders
  • other notices that may affect the property
  • Public footpaths

You can ask for optional information using the form CON29O, such as:

  • road proposals by private bodies 
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation
  • Advertisement Consents
  • common land and village greens

The above information only relates to the property searched. 

For an extra fee, buyers can also ask the council for information not covered by the standard questions. It may not be possible to respond to enquiries of a very wide scope.

Advice on buying and selling houses

For more information, please refer to the latest guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This provides a helpful overview of the process and the important steps you go through when buying or selling a property.

How to buy a home            How to sell a home