Local Land Charges

A Local Land Charges (sometimes called "local authority") search is required in connection with the sale, purchase, lease and/or remortgaging of any land or property.

The council has a Statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an up to date and accurate Register of Local Land Charges affecting property and land in its district.

What is a Local Land Charge?

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