Land charges and searches

When you buy a house or land your solicitor will usually go through a number of checks to make sure there are no problems that would restrict use or could result in a charge being directed at you as the owner of the property.

As part of one of those checks it is usual to have a local land charges search undertaken. This is usually organised by your solicitor on your behalf, but can also be carried out yourself as a "personal search".

Depending on what questions have been asked, the local land charges search will, among other things, identify:

  • the planning history of the site
  • any planning policies which affect the site
  • environmental issues affecting the site (eg flood plains and radon gas areas)
  • Building regulations post 1992
  • Status of the abutting highway/road

How to submit requests

Please note: During the Coronavirus outbreak we are operating remotely and therefore would advise that search request forms ( LLC1& CON29R ) be emailed to and payments made via BACS or Debit or Credit cards. Please contact the land charges department for further information.

We are currently working within the 10 working days turnaround times.

Payment methods

  • Cheque payable to West Northamptonshire Council
  • Pay by BACS, Debit or Credit Card over the phone

Search requirements

  • LLC1 and CON29 2007 forms x2: The Law Society holds the copyright to form CON29
    • Available from, Oyez Forms: OneAdvanced, LexisNexis Smart Forms, Peapod Legal Office
    • Available from Shaw & Sons Ltd: FormEvo
  • 2 copies of an up-to-date plan

Turnaround time will be between 5-10 working days.

Fees 2021/22

Service Cost
Residential fee CON29R and LLC1 £129.60
Residential fee CON29R only £97.60
Commercial fee CON29R and LLC1 £156.80
Commercial fee CON29R only £124.80
Additional parcel CON29 £17.03
Additional parcel fee LLC1 £1.50
LLC1 only £32
CON29O excluding Question 4 and 22 £15 each
CON29O Question 22 £18.80
CON29O Question 4 £16.20
CON29AE Own worded £28.40
COPY Planning consents see planning register

All fees include VAT excluding LLC1 fees which are not Vatable

Request copy documents

Personal searches

Personal search is a search of the public registers by a search company or an individual - this is restricted to a search of the register only and does not include CON29 information.

If you have any questions please call us on 01327 322048 or 01327 322116.