Local Land Charges
All local authorities maintain a Local Land Charges Register which contains details of legal restrictions attached to property or land which are binding on the new owner or occupier. Examples of the details recorded are planning restrictions, Tree Preservation Orders, Enforcement Notices and Highway Agreements.
The Local Land Charges Department carry out official searches of the register covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975. The search is made up of 2 parts:
- The LLC1 - The official certificate that deals with all the charges recorded in the Local Land Charges register (e.g. Tree Preservation Orders, listed building, Smoke Control Order, Planning Conditional Consents, Section 106 Agreements, any outstanding charges)
- The Con29 - This part deals with other matters affecting the property such as the planning history of the property, building regulation information, road adoption, proposed improvement schemes or traffic orders for roads.
The Con29 is divided into:
- Standard enquiries (Con29R)
- Optional enquiries (Con29O) - these are additional questions and a charge is made (see Land Charges Fees).
We are pleased to announce that as from 1 January 2009 we will be launching lower search fees. In addition, we will also be providing an extra service for a full local authority search to be refreshed within three months of the original for a reduced fee of £29.00. (Refresh search form details below).
Local Land Charge staff procedures are available for inspection at Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Notts, NG19 7BH.
The Law Society (which regulates solicitors) and many mortgage companies encourage the use of Official Searches and consider the alternative Personal Searches, which often disclose only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client or where time does not permit Official Searches to be undertaken. You may wish to ask your solicitor whether an Official Search will be/has been undertaken.
Access for the Con29 information is available from 1 April 2009. Please click on the attached guidance to the right.