Land charge searches
Local land charges explained
When you buy a house or land your solicitor will usually go through a number of checks to make sure there are no problems that would restrict use or could result in a charge being directed at you as the owner of the property.
As part of one of those checks it is usual to have a local land charges search undertaken. This is usually organised by your solicitor on your behalf, but can also be carried out yourself as a "personal search".
Depending on what questions have been asked, the local land charges search will, among other things, identify:
- the planning history of the site and any queries arising over its use
- any planning policies which affect the site
- any developments directly affecting the site
- environmental issues affecting the site (eg flood plains and radon gas areas)
Benefits of asking us to carry out your search
- We are the main source of the information included in your search, so we have the best understanding of what it will mean
- We are the only organisation authorised to sign the official form required for a search (form LLC1)
- We are fully insured, so you don't need to rely on third party insurance
- Your search will be accepted by all mortgage lenders
We are happy to accept search requests by email with payment made online, or by post with payment made by cheque.
Searches returned by email
We can return your search by post or dx although we prefer email as it is a saving on paper and postage. You will need to submit just one set of forms and plans, and you will receive the results at least one day earlier than normal. Please remember to include your email address on the LLC1. You can ring us for more details if required.
Official search fees
Local land charges fees effective from 1 March 2017
|Description||LLC1||CON29R||VAT (applies to CON29 only)||Total|
|First parcel of land
|Each additional parcel
|CON29O optional enquiries 4
This is not part of a search. Submit your request with a site plan our planning team: firstname.lastname@example.org. Planning will charge a fee for this service.
|CON29O optional enquiries 5 to 22
|Development in vicinity enquiry
The area searched against will only involve the properties immediately to the rear, facing and adjoining the main search property. The answer will cover the last five years.
|Please note the Land Charges team do not answer additional enquiries other than development in vicinity. For all other enquires contact the relevant council service. Additional fees may apply.
Please note: VAT apply on CON29 from 1 March 2017.
You can carry out a personal search of the local land charges register yourself but you should be aware that you may have to interpret maps, index sheets and registers.
Please phone us to make an appointment for a personal search. A minimum of 24-hours notice is needed to make an appointment.
There is no charge for inspecting the land charges register but we may make a charge if information is requested by post or email. Most of the additional information we provide is available electronically and is currently free, but some departments such as Building Control or Environment may charge for copies of documents, or for access to information that is not publicly available. You will need to ask the relevant department about any charges and whether you need to book an appointment in advance.
Our office hours are 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.45am to 4.45pm Friday. We are based in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, and our reception desk will be happy to advise on where you should go to access any public registers.
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What's the difference between LLC1 and CON29
The LLC1 is the main statutory form used to submit a search. It will ask for the basic details of charges currently recorded against a property but does not show all the information. The CON29 is the form which fills in the gaps and answers questions about pending matters, such as new road schemes. The CON29 form is split into two sections - the CON29 R, which includes important questions which are all required to be answered, and the CON29 O, which contains optional questions.
Number of requests for searches
We publish the number of requests for searches received together with our estimates of expenditure and income received.