A local authority search is required in connection with the sale, purchase and/or remortgaging of any land or property. Requests for searches usually come from solicitors acting for their clients, however this service is also avaliable to members of the public.
Local Charges Register
We maintain, and search on, the local land charges register. A local land charge is a restriction of prohibition on a particular parcel or parcels of land, either to secure the payment of a sum of money, or to limit the use (in the widest sense) to which the land may be put. The most important factor is that the charge must be binding on successive owners or occupiers of the parcel or parcels of land.
The object of the search is to uncover any restrictions or legal obligations against the site. This is to ensure that purchasers of land are not caught unawares by obligations enforceable against successive owners or occupiers of the land by local authorities under the terms of the various statutes.
Searches usually takes place via a solicitor but you can make a search yourself however that some solicitors and banks/building societies do not always accept these when dealing with property transactions.
Part of the local land charge register
There are three parts:-
LLC1 - this first part, the Official Certificate of Search Form , deals with all the registerable charges, for example financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents and agreements.
CON29R - the second part called Enquiries of Local Authorities Form deals with issues such as road schemes, the planning history of the property and various notices which affect the property.
CON29O - the third part includes further (optional) enquiries.