Local land charges search
What is a Local Authority Search?
A search is carried out by a solicitor on behalf of people buying land or property and forms part of the conveyancing process. The required questions give the potential buyer details of any restrictions or legal obligations, enforceable against successive owners by the local authority or other Government departments. We hold information on issues such as Planning, Building Control and Environmental Health, as well as policy information contained in the Local Development Framework. Cumbria County Council provides us with information regarding Highways and Commons Registration.
Official Local Land Charges Search
The Local Land Charges section carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries.
The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, which may disclose only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search.
The search will be in two parts:
LLC1 - the Official Certificate of Search. This deals with all the registrable charges, for example, financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents and agreements.
CON29 Required Enquiries of the Local Authority. These enquiries relate to various issues, including planning, building regulations, environmental health and highway matters.
VAT Implementation CON29
As you may be aware, 1 January 2017, has been set by HMRC as the implementation date for the introduction of VAT in relation to the CON29. HMRC has confirmed that any local authority who will not be ready for 1 January 2017 can work to a revised implementation date of 6 April 2017, for VAT being applied to form CON29. We will be working to this revised date set by HMRC to enable software systems to be upgraded. Therefore, VAT WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL 6th April 2017.
How do I get a revised CON29 and/or CON29O forms?
What are the charges for CON29?
Fees and charges our fees and charges schedule has been updated.
Submitting a Local Authority Search
The following should be submitted with a Local Authority Search request:
- Form LLC1
- Form CON 29
- A plan, in duplicate, with the search area outlined in red (the plan should be up-to-date, at a scale of 1:2500, and include adjacent highways)
- A cheque made payable to Eden District Council for the correct fee
Submitting a Local Authority Search electronically
We are currently connected to the National Land Information Service (NLIS) at Level 2. This means search requests can be submitted electronically using one of the licensed NLIS channels. Search replies are also returned electronically.
You can find out more about NLIS on their website www.nlis.org.uk, or you can contact any of the licensed channels listed below:
All drainage enquiries should be sent to:
Telephone: 0345 672 3723
Northumbrian Water (for Alston area)
Telephone: 0345 717 1100
Commons Registration Searches
Please request response to CON29O question 22. This should be submitted to us and the fee is £22 if requested with LLC1 or CON29, and £24 if requested without LLC1 and CON29.
Our commitment to you
Under normal circumstances we aim to return all standard searches within 10 working days and standard searches where the expedited fee has been paid within 3 working days. A standard search is one that does not require a reply to any CON29 Part 2 enquiries.