We are currently experiencing a high volume of requests for local land charge searches and there may be a delay in our response.
In light of recent government advice, we are now working from home. This can mean our services may be disrupted, and we may not be able to respond to your enquiry or service request as quickly as we would like. We are trying to minimise any delay and apologise in advance.
We have also made the decision to withdraw our expedite service at this time so we can begin clearing our backlog of searches in date order. We have brought in extra resources to help us meet this challenge.
Our online portal for submitting a search is currently undergoing urgent maintenance so you will not be able to use this service. This does not affect searches submitted through NLIS.
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).
We offer an expedite service for searches submitted on our local land charges search portal, for a fee of £42 per search (including VAT).
To request an expedited search, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your EENF reference number and property address, so we can check if we are able to proceed. We will then send you instructions for how to pay.
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 these criteria has been satisfied.