Local authority searches

A local authority land charges search forms part of the conveyancing process when you buy or sell property or land. It can be carried out on behalf of people selling or buying land or property by:

  • a solicitor
  • a licensed conveyancer, or
  • a private search company.

Please see the current land charges fees information.

Find out more about local authority searches.

The search provides important information about the property you are intending to purchase, for example planning permission, public footpath or tree preservation orders.

A full local search consists of the LLC1 form: an official request for a search of the local land charges register.

This is submitted by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer, their agents or member of the public.

The second part is known as the CON29 enquiries of local authority.

The form contains questions designed to provide intending purchasers with information about the property to be purchased.

The enquiries fall broadly into three categories:

  • planning: enquiries relating to the control of development
  • highways: enquiries relating to highways, traffic schemes, railways etc.
  • environmental health: such as contaminated land and noise abatement.

The enquirer also has an opportunity to ask the solicitor or legal advisor any additional questions they consider appropriate.