Local land charges and searches

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition imposed on land or property or a financial charge, which is binding on successive owners or occupiers of land or property.

On the 1st December 2016 HMRC announced that VAT on CON29 search fees will be imposed from 1st January 2017.

Please check this page for further updates and information.

Land Charges

We have a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an up-to-date and accurate Register of Local Land Charges affecting property and land in South Cambridgeshire.
A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition imposed on land or property or a financial charge, which is binding on successive owners or occupiers of land or property.

These include restrictions such as:

  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Conservation Areas
  • listed buildings
  • legal agreements
  • conditions imposed on Planning Permissions.

Details of any charges that are registered to land and property are listed in the District Council's Local Land Charges Register which is currently held in manual form.

Local Land Charges Search

A Local Land Charge Search is necessary when a piece (parcel) of land or property is being purchased, leased or valued.

A fee is charged for providing a Local Search. Search requisitions are made on 2 standard forms, the LLC1 and the CON29R. In addition, the CON29O may also be submitted. This is the schedule of fees for additional questions.

LLC1 form

The LLC1 form, the official requisition of search of the Local Land Charges Register, discloses the registered entries affecting the land or property.

CON29R form

The CON29R form, enquiries of local authorities, asks a number of set questions such as highway adoption, road schemes, planning designations, planning permissions and building regulations. This is the CON29R schedule of property information for those wishing to undertake a personal search.

It is also possible to ask an additional enquiry of your own for which an additional fee is payable.

Please note: Information provided on a Search relates only to the property or land identified on the search requisition. No information is provided regarding surrounding land or property unless this is specifically requested.

Service Standards

The Local Land Charges Office aims to provide a prompt and efficient service.

Response Times

Current turnaround time is an average of 10 working days from receipt but will depend upon the complexity of the search.

The volume of searches is outside our control and influenced by a number of factors, including interest rates, the buoyancy of the local housing market and the local economy.
Most searches are completed within 5-8 working days.

What we do

  • Carry out official Local Land Searches linked to property purchases

We will:

  • Maintain an accurate Land Charges Register
  • log your request on the day we receive it
  • carry out enquiries for you with other agencies and council departments
  • complete your request and return it to you as soon as possible
  • respond to all letters and e-mails within 10 working days

If we get it wrong we will:

  • Apologise if we have made a mistake or failed to meet our standards
  • acknowledge your written complaint within three working days
  • reply in full to your complaint within ten working days

Your views

Your suggestions, complaints, comments and compliments are important to us, because we can learn from them and they will help us to improve the Local Land Charges Service we provide to you. 

Contact Details

03450 455 215