A local land charges search is undertaken as part of the conveyancing process when a property or a parcel of land is being purchased, leased valued or remortgaged.
The reason for the search is to find out about any restriction or legal obligations against the search site.
A standard local authority search comprises of two elements – LLC1 and Con29R forms; these forms can also be submitted separately and the fees are shown below.
LLC1 Certificate - Form LLC1 is a statutory document and reveals charges registered on the Local Land Charges Register. Local authorities have a statutory duty to maintain the Local Land Charges Register, in accordance with the Land Charges Act and Rules.
The Local Land Charge Register can be inspected (by appointment) free of charge – please see personal search details below.
What is a Local Land Charge?
A restriction or prohibition on a particular parcel or parcels of land (with or without buildings), either to secure the payment of a sum of money, or to limit the use (in the widest sense) to which the land may be put, a charge expressly made a Local Land Charge by statute. For example:
- conservation areas
- improvement grants
- listed buildings
- planning agreements
- tree preservation orders
Form Con29R Enquiries of Local Authority (2007) - The Con29R form is a list of questions which have been compiled by the Law Society, the Association of District Councils, the Association of Local Land Charges Officers and various other agencies in consultation.
The replies provide information, including any pending restrictions. For example:
- development plans
- maintenance of roads
- outstanding notices
- road schemes
Form Con29O Enquiries of Local Authority (2007) - The Con29O form is a list of optional questions which have been compiled by the Law Society, the Association of District Councils, the Association of Local Land Charges Officers and various other agencies in consultation.
These are enquiries that are not covered by the Con29 forms.
Ordering searches online
To order and receive searches online (at no additional cost) please register at http://eforms.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/llcweb/Login.aspx. Currently payment can only be made by cheque.
- a standard search (LLC1 and Con 29R submitted together) £100
- LLC1 certificate of search submitted separately: £25
- Con29R submitted separately: £75
- each Con29O - questions 5 and 22: £15
- each Con29O - questions 4, 6 - 21: £10.50
- each additional enquiry: £16.50
- each additional parcel of land (standard search): £13
- each additional parcel of land: £3 for LLC1, £10 for Con29R
- fees for individual Con29R questions (PDF 165Kb)
Con29R Individual questions 2, 3.2, 3.4., 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 (e) and 3.11, Con29O individual questions 5 and 22 should be obtained direct from Suffolk County Council - Phone: 01473 264189/90 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This authority does not use the DX service
Personal Search information
To book an appointment
Please email your request to view the Local Land Charges Register (along with appropriate site plan) to email@example.com please note that 48 hours notice is required. The search will be unable to proceed unless we receive a location plan clearly identifying the property upon which a search is to be carried out.
Three searches may be undertaken at any one visit (six if a two hour appointment is available).
On arrival for appointment
On arrival at West Suffolk House, please go to reception and inform reception staff you have arrived for your personal search appointment; you will then be given the appropriate information to enable the Local Land Charges Register to be viewed.
Financial Statement 2010/11 (PDF 56Kb)
(Financial statement for 2011-12 is to be announced.)
Drainage questions and water searches
Water searches for Suffolk are dealt with by Geodesys Limited (on behalf of Anglian Water).