Information and guidance on what to do if you would like to check the local land register
Please note that due to essential software changes we are currently experiencing a delay in processing times. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
A Local Land Charge Search is a search of the Local Land Charge Register which provides information about any local matters that would affect a property.
The Local Land Charges Act 1975 was designed to ensure that prospective purchasers of land were informed of any obligations enforced by local authorities which may affect the property eg
The full local authority search has two parts
This deals with information from the Local Land Charges register which shows all the registered charges, ie
This deals with supplementary information held by the Local Authority. The information is very comprehensive and provides essential answers about the property, such as:
There are also optional enquiries (CON29O form) that we can reply to if you want more information, such as:
The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of an official search and considers that a personal search of the statutory register should only be undertaken when time does not permit an official search.
How do I get a search done?
On submission, searches will be accepted for processing providing they include:
Applications must use the 2016 version of the Con29.
To make an application we will only require one copy of all documents (LLC1, Con29 and location plan) sent via the post or by email.
Searches can be submitted via paper or electronically through the National Land Information Service (NLIS).
This system is our preferred method of receiving search requests as it is much quicker and eliminates the need for post or DX. We have level 2 capability and are able to return searches electronically.
National Land Information Service (NLIS) is a government initiative which carries the sole mandate of providing electronic official land and property information held by all Local Authorities in England and Wales, as well as other official sources of data, including HMLR, the Coal Authority and water companies.
The NLIS Hub acts as a gateway for conveyancers to access land and property information through one of the NLIS licensed channels. The NLIS Hub is regulated by Land Data.
The NLIS have a number of channel providers should you wish to submit a Local Authority Search.
We aim to return all standard official searches within 10 working days.