Local land searches

Local land searches are usually carried out by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer on your behalf if you’re buying or selling land or property.

These searches show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.

The information is collected from different Council departments including planning, building control, highways, environmental health and planning policy.

Types of searches

A full search usually consists of two separate parts called a LLC1 and a Con29/ Con29O.

Land Charge Register (LLC1) search

We joined the digital Local Land Charges service managed by HM Land Registry (HMLR) in October 2021 and that service now provides LLC1 search responses.   You can access HMLR searches via the new digital service through your portal account, Business Gateway and on GOV.UK.

Land Charges supplementary documents

HMLR Ref LLC-186HT (PDF File, 420kb) – Local Authority reference PF281695

HMLR Ref LLC-184YH (PDF File, 230kb) – Local Authority reference PF259473

Con29 and Con29O search

More information on how to submit a Con29 and Con29O search request, including fees and payment can be found on the how to submit a local authority search page of our website.

These enquiries contain a series of standard questions covering information from various Council departments. It will include:

  • any road proposals or schemes
  • compulsory purchase orders
  • enforcement actions
  • building regulations or planning applications
  • formal/informal notices

Con29O contains a series of further, optional questions and may be submitted as stand alone or with Con29. This search covers information, including houses in multiple occupation, noise abatement and hazardous substance consents.

Results of searches where a fee is payable will not be delivered in any form until payment has been received.


More information on how to pay and our list of fees can be found on the how to submit a local authority search page of our website.

Turnaround times for searches

Our target turnaround time is 15 working days from acceptance of a valid submission (this includes payment of the correct fee).

Our service currently operates Monday to Thursday.

Requests under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

Requests for information under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) will be dealt with as soon as possible but may take up to 20 working days.  Our website provides further details to guide you through submitting a request under EIR.