Our highly skilled team continue to operate our search service.
Regarding personal searches, as our offices are temporarily closed to the public until further notice, if you wish to request an Official LLC1 search of the Land Charges Register further information on how to submit and pay (fee of £26.00) is available on our website here. If you are requesting information under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), this will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days. If you submit a request under EIR please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important that you include a map clearly indicating the extent of the search area you require. Further information is available on our website.
The Local Authority and our partners continue to operate in unprecedented circumstances working on plans to ensure critical services are maintained and our most vulnerable citizens are supported during the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore we will return the response as soon as possible by email.
Please note the above will be reviewed in 12 weeks or with regard to any Government guidance that might be issued.
Local land charges search
When buying a property or piece of land, your solicitor will submit a local land charges search which will show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.
Our highly skilled team will investigate any restrictions and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from different council departments including planning, building control, highways, environmental health and planning policy related information.
Delivery of services
We have a Local Performance Indicator of six working days (upon receipt of payment) to turn around all searches including searches submitted using our Search Request Form.
Types of searches
Form LLC1 consists of a search of the local land charges register and reveals if there are any outstanding charges such as financial ones where money is owed to the council when work has been carried out on the property or land.
It will also tell you if, for example, the property is a listed building, in a conservation or smoke control zone, conditional planning applications as well as if any trees on the property are protected by tree preservation orders.
Form CON29 and CON29O
Form Con29 is a questionnaire and contains a series of standard questions covering information from various council departments. It contains Part 1 standard questions, known as Con29(R) revealing any road proposals or schemes, compulsory purchase orders, enforcement actions, building regulations or planning applications and formal/informal notices.
Con29O contains a series of further, optional questions and may be submitted as stand alone or with Con29. As with CON29, the questions cover various information from various council departments, including for example Houses in Multiple Occupation, Noise Abatement and Hazardous Substance Consents.
Most searches consist of both LLC1 and Con29, often referred to as a full search.
Information on online payments and payment by account, how to pay and our schedule of fees can be found on our fees page.
Anyone can make a personal search. However, it is not always as comprehensive as the local authority search as it is only a search of the local land charges register and other statutory registers held by the council that are open for public inspection.
Appointments are available between Monday and Friday of each week (excluding bank holidays) and we request you provide 24 hours notice of when you want to carry out a personal search, providing name and contact details and be prepared to identify the land against which you want to search.
To book an appointment please email Customer Services. Please note, due to COVID-19, our offices are currently closed to the public. Appointments are currently unavailable and please see above for further information.
Requests under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
Requests for information under EIR will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days. If you wish to submit a request under EIR please email email@example.com. It is important that you include a map clearly indicating the extent of the search area you require.
Please note, the EIR report provided does not contain the following unrefined data - Planning Applications, Building Control Applications, Conservation area information, and Local Plan Policies. This data is publicly available through the our website and the East Midlands Building Consultancy Website - see below:
We will endeavour to make all Public Registers, such as the Local Land Charges Register, available the next working day. However, this may not be possible where demand for services is high. In such cases you will be offered the next available appointment time.
Results of searches where a fee is payable will not be delivered in any form until payment has been received.
Published Guidance from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: