A local land charge is a restriction or obligation on a property or piece of land, usually to limit how it is used or perhaps to secure payment of a sum of money owed to the Council relating to the property. These restrictions are binding on successive owners or occupiers of the property or piece of land.
The Local Land Charges Register contains all the Local Land Charges entries for every property within the area covered by the Council.
The information held includes information about whether the land or property:
This list is not exhaustive.
A local search normally has two parts:
A search of the local land charges register looking for all the charges that affect the property.
This is a standard set of questions that cover planning history, building control application history, highways, Public Rights of Way and other matters such as planning enforcement issues and pending matters that could affect the property in some way.
There is a further form known as the CON29O which contains 19 optional questions. These cover other types of information including:
Please see our for details.
There are several ways to do this. Our Applying for a Local Search page will give you all the information you need.
Please note a Local Land Charges search is only completed on the actual property being searched, it does not provide information on adjoining or surrounding land. If you require this information please contact us.
Personal searches of the Local Land Charges Register are available under Section 8 of the Local Land Charges Act 1975.
Please call or email the Local Land Charges team to book an appointment. You will also need to send us a plan showing the property to be searched clearly outlined in red.
Appointments are usually 5 working days from the request being made. There is no limit to how many searches can be undertaken during an appointment
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) allow for inspection of environmental information held by public bodies including the Council.