About Local Authority searches

The Council has a Statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain a Register of Local Land Charges.

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition imposed on land or a financial charge, which is binding on successive owners or occupiers of land. Examples include Tree Preservation Orders, conditions imposed on Planning Permissions, Conservation Areas, Legal Agreements and Listed Buildings.

A Local Charge can originate from Local Authorities and other public bodies. The Register is regulated under the provisions of the Local Land Charges Act 1975.

A Local Search is usually required on the sale/purchase of a property, on re-mortgage or when there are any dealings with land. It usually consists of a search in the Local Land Charges Register (Form LLC1), together with the "Enquiries of Local Authorities" (Form CON29R). There are specific forms which must be submitted, together with a plan and the correct fee.

Searches are usually submitted by a Solicitor, Legal Executive or Licensed Conveyancer on behalf of a purchaser or re-mortgager. 

The Council does not provide copies of the forms, but they are available from law stationers.

Enquiries of Local Authorities (Form CON29R & CON29O) will include such matters as highway adoption and road schemes, local plan policies, environmental health notices, building control applications, planning notices and orders.

Further information can be found in the following publications:

Jan E Boothroyd (2010) (14th Edition) Garner's Local Land Charges Shaw & Sons 9780-414-04496-8

Keith M Pugsley (2007) (5th Edition) Enquiries of Local Authorities & Water Companies : A Practical Guide Callow Publishing ISBN 9781 898899 95 2 

Local Government Association Local Land Charges Code of Practice

Last reviewed: 15 - 12 - 2014

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