We are currently experiencing a high volume of requests for local land charge searches and there may be a delay in our response. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
A local land charge (LLC) is an obligation or restriction on property or land that applies to its owners. A ‘charge’ doesn’t always mean a financial charge and can include restrictions on the conditions in a planning consent, a tree preservation order, or an enforcement notice, among many other things.
The LLC register is a public register, which members of the public or agents can search. The local authority maintains the register and completes submitted searches of the register, as well as CON 29R enquiries.
A full official local authority search has two parts, which are LLC1 and CON 29R.
LLC1 covers registrable charges such as:
CON 29R gives additional details on a property or piece of land to a potential buyer such as:
When you conduct a full official local authority search you have:
To make a search, register online and submit a plan showing the location and boundaries of the property. This will ensure that all the relevant information is identified.
You will need to pay by debit or credit card.
Effective from 1 January 2017, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Service imposed VAT on land searches for land charges in the UK. These fee changes affect all CON29 and CON29 component searches but are not applicable to LLC1 elements of the land charges searches.
|Type of search||Fee|
|Residential full local authority search (LLC1 and CON29R)||£235.80|
|Residential LLC1 only||£50|
|Residential CON 29R only||£185.80|
|Non-residential (industrial/land) full local authority search (LLC1 and CON29R)||£285.30|
|Expedited search fee||£42|
The following updated fees will be in place from 1 April: full price structure for local land charges (PDF).
If you need to request an expedited search for either your LLC1 (non VAT applicable) or CON29 (VATable) question sets, you will first need to make a Land Charges payment using the payment web-form.
Once this has been completed, you will need to email email@example.com with your WorldPay payment reference, receipt, search details and search number.
Without this information, the team will not be aware of your need to use our expedite service, and your search will otherwise be dealt with in the order in which it is requested under the standard service. Failure to provide the details to the team will mean that the turnaround time for the expedite service will not begin until this criteria has been satisfied.