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Local land charges

A local land charges search gives property purchasers information about the property, such as conservation areas, tree preservation areas, conditional planning permissions, financial charges and several other types of charge. Although it is often completed by a solicitor acting on behalf of a purchaser, it is possible to organise it yourself.

VAT charges

We now add VAT (20 per cent) to all CON29 and CON29O products. We will issue a VAT receipt when we receive payment or confirmation of payment for the search.

For a list of our fees, please see below.

What is contained in a local authority search and how much does it cost?

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  • LLC1 – the Official Certificate of Search

    This reveals the entries on the Land Charges Register. This would include (if applicable to the property): planning history of the property; tree preservation orders; listed building status and conservation area status.

  • CON29 – the Enquiries of Local Authority form

    CON29 includes: highways information, public footpaths, building control, compulsory purchase orders, proposed tree preservation orders, proposed enforcement actions.

    Many of these replies are not to be found on statutory public registers.

  • CON29O – the Optional Enquiries of Local Authority form

    Examples of information that can be requested: advertisement signs, completion notices, national parks and countryside, noise abatement.

  • CON29 – the Enquiries of Local Authority forms 2016
    To obtain the forms and guidance notes, please visit The Law Society website.
  • Local land charge fees

    VAT number: 209 0426 90

    Local Land Charge fees (with VAT added)
    Search typeTotal fee payableLLC1Vat 0%CON29RNetVat 20%CON290NetVAT 20%MiscVAT 20%
    LLC1 and CON29R (Residential properties)£122.80£16.00 0.00£106.80£89.00£17.800.00
    0.00 0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    LLC1 and CON29R (Commercial properties)
    £238.00£16.000.00
    £222.00£185.00£37.000.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    LLC1 (Search of Land Charges Register only)£16.00£16.000.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    CON29R only (Residential properties)
    £106.800.000.00
    £106.80£89.00£17.800.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    CON29R only (Commercial properties)
    £222.000.000.00
    £222.00£185.00£37.000.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    CON29O enquiries (not Q22)
    £15.600.000.00
    0.00
    0.00 0.00
    £15.60£13.00 £2.600.00
    0.00
    CON29O Q22 (Commons search)
    £26.400.00 0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    £26.40£22.00£4.400.00
    0.00
    Extra parcels of land
    £26.400.000.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    0.00
    £22.00£4.40
    Additional solicitors' questionsPlease contact the relevant department directly          

    If you are paying by BACS, it would be appreciated if you could break down the payment details into VAT payable and non VAT payable, together with the total amount, on your statement of payment email.

How to request a search

Online

You can apply online through the National Land Information service (NLIS). Conveyancers and solicitors are aware of this option. Visit www.nlis.org.uk for further details.

Email

You can also request a LLC1 or CON29 search by emailing land.charges@dacorum.gov.uk.

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  • Other responsible parties’ searches
  • Personal searches

    A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register. Personal searches can be made by members of the public or their agent, but by appointment only.

    Our Local Land Charges Register is stored partially on computer and partially in manual files. This means that in order for a personal search to be conducted our staff must collate all the relevant information in advance.

    A personal search is free of charge.

    Personal search appointments - notice for agents

    • We operate an appointment system for access to view the Local Land Charges Register in person. 
    • A printout of the LLC Register will be provided to view free of charge on the appointment date.
    • Viewing times are between 9.30am and 11.30am, Monday to Friday. 

    Booking an appointment

    You can book an appointment to view the LLC Register using our online booking system:

    Make an appointment now

    The booking system also allows you to order an Official LLC1. The cost is £15 (£16 from 1 April 2024), with the result returned via email. Payment by card is available on the booking system. A site location plan and LLC1 request form will be required. These can be attached on the system.

    We still require an up-to-date site location plan clearly indicating the curtilage you wish to search for. Please attach the plan to on the booking system.

    Please note: there is a maximum of five addresses per company, per appointment in person, in order to ensure fair access to all.

    We try to accommodate appointments in person in accordance with our current turnaround time, depending on demand for appointments and staff availability.

    CON29 information

    For advice on how to access the data for CON29 questions, please view the following document:  CON29 information (PDF 489KB).

Contact us

Email: land.charges@dacorum.gov.uk
Telephone: 01442 228219/228220

Page Last Updated: Thursday, 11 April 2024 at 08:02 AM