About Local Authority Searches
A Local Authority Search consists of 2 parts. The LLC1 which requests information on entries held in the Local Land Charges Register, and the Con29 which makes enquiries of various other departments within the Authority, (Planning, Highways, Building Control, Housing and Environmental Health). The enquiries all relate to the property or piece of land identified by a red outline on a plan submitted with the forms LLC1 & Con29.
Description of Local Land Charge
A Local Land Charge can be described as a prohibition or restriction on the use of land or a positive obligation. These include Planning Permissions with conditions, Tree Preservation Orders, Financial Charges, Conservation Areas, Legal Agreements, Highway Agreements, Enforcement Notices and Listed Buildings.
Submitting a Search request
A search is normally submitted by a solicitor acting on behalf of a purchaser of a property or piece of land. However, forms may be available from legal stationers.
You may carry out a personal search of the Local Land Charges Register (see separate page on Personal Searches). You may be able obtain further information on the property by inspecting various registers held in various departments, but this will not be classed as the official Local Authority Search.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance on “How to buy a home” and “How to sell a home”.