The local land charges team process searches, which are an important part of the process of buying and selling property and land. A search ensures that there are no hidden surprises awaiting buyers.
The team is also responsible for the registration of local land charges and maintenance of the local land charges register.
Requesting an official search
Requests can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with payment then to be made by either debit or credit card, electronically via the National Land Information Service NLIS, TM or in hard copy by post. Full instructions are available on the local land charge search forms. Your solicitor will have these or you can buy them from law stationers.
The Law Society Con 29 Enquiries of Local Authorities (2016) forms came into use from 4 July 2016.
All requests submitted to us should be accompanied by the correct forms and the appropriate fee.
The following fees will apply for all requests received on or after 1 April 2022.
Please note, CON29 and CON 29O products submitted to the Local Authority will be considered to be subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%.
Our search fees for all requests received from 1 April 2022 onwards are as follows and all requests submitted from this date should be accompanied by the correct fee, including VAT.
Full search - LLC1/Con 29 (residential): £109.30 (including VAT)
Full search - LLC1/Con 29 search (non-residential): £214.30 (including VAT)
Additional parcels of land: £21.10 (including VAT)
Con 29O optional enquiries: £24.00 (including VAT)
Additional enquiries: £24.00 (including VAT)
LLC1 only: £26.98
Con 29 required enquiries only (residential): £82.32 (including VAT)
Con 29 required enquiries only (non-residential) £187.32 (including VAT)
Please see frequently asked questions regarding land charges for information concerning Con 29O (question 8) and for details of fees for individual Con 29 questions.
Search processing times
We aim to complete all Local Authority Search requests within 10 working days.
The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should only be undertaken with the client's approval when time doesn't permit official searches. You're advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the certificate of official search.
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