Find out about searches on a property

Official searches

We can do an official search to find out what Local Land Charges apply to your property. There are many benefits to doing an official search:

  • council staff have experience carrying out official searches. This means you can be confident they will not make any mistakes.
  • we can find information about land which does not appear on the Land Charges Register. We'll give you this information in a CON29 form. Lots of this information is held in our own records, and not all of it is available to the public.
  • the law covers you if we miss anything on an official search. You'll get compensation if anything goes wrong because of our mistake.
  • we aim to provide 95 per cent of official land charges search results within three working days.

If you ask for a full official search, we'll give information set out on two forms:

LLC1 form

The LLC1 form shows you any information in the Local Land Charges register. It will find specific charges which apply to a piece of land. These include:

  • financial charges
  • planning charges
  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Land Charges made due to a previous breach of planning rules on the site

CON29 form

The CON29 form shows you general information about a piece of land. This includes:

  • highways
  • planning history
  • notices (such as an enforcement notice) which affect the property

You can request either of these forms individually.

Third parties

Some third parties can make an official search for you. Visit the National Land Information Service website or the TM Group website for more information.