A local land charge is a restriction or charge registered against a property or piece of land. A search of the Local Land Charges register will ensure anyone who wants to buy land are told about any obligations enforced by councils eg protected trees, enforcement notices or outstanding grants.
Full local authority searches
In addition to a search of the Local Land Charges register, a full Local Authority search will include responses to the CON29 form which provides additional information held by the Local Authority such as planning history, who maintains the highway and building regulations compliance.
Responses to additional enquiries (CON29O) can also be provided if you require more information, such as common land or public paths or byways.
How to request a search
We aim to return all local authority search requests within 10 working days. Results can be returned electronically by e-mail or uploaded to an online portal.
Buying and selling advice
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has recently published guidance on "How to buy a home" and "How to sell a home". This guidance has been developed following consultation with stakeholders including the Local Land Charges Institute.
Please find links to the guidance here: Buying a home and Selling a home.