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Local land charges search

The Land Charges Officers keep and update information affecting land and property within the Eden District, including the areas covered by the Lake District National Park and Yorkshire Dales National Park. See the areas of Eden covered by the National Parks.

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.

CON29

How do I get CON 29 and/or CON 29O forms?

For CON 29 and CON 29O forms go to the Law Society website.

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)
  • 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:

Drainage enquiries

All drainage enquiries should be sent to:

Commons registration searches

Please request response to CON 29O question 22. This should be submitted to Eden District Council 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.