The Local land charges register
Each local authority must maintain a register of local land charges for its administrative area. A principal purpose of the local land charges register is to protect buyers of land and property and help ensure that they are not caught unawares by obligations that are enforceable against successive owners.
There are twelve parts to the register:
- General financial charges (Part 1)
- Specific financial charges (Part 2)
- Planning charges (Part 3)
- Miscellaneous charges (Part 4)
- Fenland ways maintenance charges (Part 5)
- Land compensation charges (Part 6)
- New towns charges (Part 7)
- Civil aviation charges (Part 8)
- Opencast coal charges (Part 9)
- Listed buildings charges (Part 10)
- Light obstruction notices (Part 11)
- Drainage scheme charges (Part 12)
Requisitions for an official search of the register can be made using the form LLC1 and accompanied by two copies of an up to date 1/1250 ordnance survey plan.
Local search enquiries
A standard local land charge search relates to enquiries concerning planning, highways and other matters affecting land or property. These enquiries are made by submitting conveyancing form Enquiries of Local Authority CON29R (2007 Edition) Standard enquiries and if relevant form CON29O (2007 Edition) Optional enquiries.
A standard search is defined as the form LLC1 (Requisition for a search of the local land charges register) plus CON29R Enquiries of the Local Authority in respect of one parcel of land.
CON29O optional enquiries may only be relevant to certain property transactions.
In addition to the CON 29 Enquiries, applicants can submit their own made up enquiries for an extra charge. These made up enquiries (known as Part 3), must be submitted at the same time as the LLC/CON29. We are not under any obligation to answer Part 3 enquiries and it is advisable to contact Local Land Charges Section, Customer Services, Floor 1, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ to confirm that a response is possible. Email email@example.com or call 01752 304809. We cannot accept enquiries referring to the vicinity or matters which may affect the use of enjoyment of the property. Planning history relating to adjoining properties are limited to 50 metres and are researched back to five years (or 10 years if requested).
Landfill and contamination land enquiries are answered direct by the Environmental Regulation Department, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, Plymouth PL1 3BJ.
The information obtained from search enquiries cannot be guaranteed beyond the date on which the responses were completed by the authority and notified to the enquirer.