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 and any queries arising over its use
  • any planning policies which affect the site
  • any developments directly affecting the site
  • environmental issues affecting the site (eg flood plains and radon gas areas)

How to submit requests

Payment methods

  • Cheque payable to South Northamptonshire Council
  • Pay by Debit or Credit Card over the phone

Search requirements

  • LLC1 and CON29 2007 forms x2: The Law Society holds the copyright to form CON29, which can be obtained from most publishers eg Laser Form, Oyez, Shaw & Son in electronic or paper format
  • 2 copies of an up-to-date Land Registry plan

Turnaround time will be between 5-10 working days.

Current fees

  • LLC1 and CON29R (full search)
    £110.20 ( includes VAT for CON29 element )
  • Additional parcel CON29
    £14 (plus VAT)
  • Additional parcel LLC1
    £1
  • LLC1 Only (Register search )
    £13
  • CON 29R only (no LLC1)
    £81 (plus VAT)
  • CON 29O (Optional enquiries excluding Questions 4 and 22)
    £10 (plus VAT)
  • CON 29O Question 4
    £4.15 (plus VAT)
  • CON 29O Question 22
    £10.50 (plus VAT)
  • PART 3 Own worded enquiries
    £30 (plus VAT)

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 322076 or 01327 322116.