Local land charges

A local authority search forms part of the standard conveyancing process when you buy land and/or property.

About local land charges

Local land charges are restrictions on land or property, which councils impose under the terms of various government acts. Land owners must register these land charges to make purchasers aware of their existence.

The common types of local land charges include:

  • Conditions imposed in a planning permission
  • Conservation areas
  • Improvement and renovation grants
  • Light obstruction notices
  • Listed buildings
  • Smoke control orders

Anyone who wants to buy a property can find all the local land charges for that property on the local land charges register.

Searching the local land charges register

If you are buying a property, there are two options available to find details of entries on the local land charges register:

  • Request an official search by submitting form LLC1. Usually, a conveyancer will carry this out on your behalf
  • Carry out a personal search. You can do this yourself or you can use a personal search company. To guarantee accuracy, the Local Land Charges Institute always recommends you use an official local authority search

Before you start, find your local council to check that your search area belongs to us.

Carrying out an official search

You can apply for an official search using the electronic land and property searches portals NLIS, TM, or InfoTrack

Alternatively, you can:

  • Use our online application form
  • Email your application to us (including forms LLC1, CON29, and/or CON29O) 
  • Post a paper application to:
    Local Land Charges
    Rushmoor Borough Council
    Council Offices
    Farnborough Road
    Farnborough
    GU14 7JU

You will need to pay a fee for an official search. See our local search fees guide below for further information. 

Carrying out a personal search

To search the local land charges register, please use our Local land charges personal search self-service portal.

You can see where the general boundaries of a property are and its local land charges, but you will not have access to additional features of the official search.

The difference between official and personal searches

For an official search (£36) or a personal search (free), you get:

  • The description of the local land charge
  • The registration date
  • Details of the authority that can answer questions about the local land charge

For an official search (£36), you also get:

  • An official search certificate, which is tamper-proof, digitally signed, and guaranteed by Rushmoor Borough Council, ensuring its authenticity
  • A PDF sent by email
  • The search area on a map
  • Refined data
  • 72-hour turnaround time
  • Assistance from our staff 

See an independent guide to property searches for further information.

Information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 give you the right to access environmental information held by the council.

You can access all the environmental information needed to compile a property search by:

The regulations allow up to 20 working days for a response.

Local search fees guide

The information in this guide is a summary of the local land charges fees rules for England.

ServiceFormNetVATTotal
Land charges searchLLC1£36x£36
Local enquiries searchCON29£91£18.20£109.20
LLC1 extra parcel £6x£6
CON29 extra parcel £9£1.80£10.80
Optional enquiry 4, 21, or 22CON29O£32.50£6.50£39
Optional enquiry 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20CON29O£10£2£12

We accept BACS, credit or debit cards, and payments on account. As work starts immediately on receipt, fees are non-refundable.

Our turnaround time is up to four working days, even during the peak season. If you have an urgent search, contact us to see how we can help.

Contact our land charges team

If you have a question about local land charges applications and services, please contact us using the contact details on this page.

If you have an enquiry about highways, contact Hampshire County Council's land charges team:

Email: land.charges@hants.gov.uk
Phone: 01962 832199
Letter:
Land charges team
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester SO23 8UD
01962 832199

 
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