Local land charges

Important Information

From 28 October Hambleton District Council will no longer provide a local land charges search (LLC1) service.

After this date, our Local Land Charges Register will be migrated to HM Land Registry's national register.  You will be able to access the new digital service through Portal, Business Gateway and on HM Land Registry's GOV.UK pages.  

Hambleton District Council will continue to provide replies to Con29 enquiries.

It is important to remember to only submit the required fee of £72.00 (£60 + £12 VAT) when submitting a CON29 enquiry to us after 28 October 2021.

Any full search requests received after 17:15pm on 27 October 2021 will be returned.

For more information visit GOV.UK

What is a Local Land Charge?

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition imposed on a particular piece of land either to secure the payment of a sum of money, or to limit the use of the land. This charge is binding on successive owners and occupiers of the land.

In most cases, when a property or parcel of land is purchased, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out, a request for a Local Land Charges search is sent to the relevant local authority. This request for a search is usually (but not always) submitted by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

The council undertakes searches on individual properties - usually on behalf of prospective purchasers - to identify any town planning, statutory orders, highways, housing and environmental health matters which might impact on the property.

How do I apply for a search?

All searches must be emailed to [email protected] or through an online Search Provider.

You must provide:

  • the full postal address of the property you wish to search on
  • the full postal address for your firms, so we can invoice for the fee
  • an up to date OS location plan showing the search site marked with a red line boundary

We do not accept searches through the post

What paperwork is required?

In order to carry out a search we require completion of a Con29R/Con29O forms and submission of a good quality OS style plan with the search site marked with a red line boundary.

LLC1

As of 28 October 2021 Local Land Charges Searches will be obtained from HM Land Registry after completion of a data transfer project

Con29

The Con29 contains 2 parts and answer a set of standard enquiries that potential buyers may want to know before purchasing. The first part, the Con29R is information which the authority is required to provide and reveals issues such as:

  • Who maintains the roads the property is on
  • The planning history of the property
  • The building control history of the property
  • Traffic schemes
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Proposed tree preservation orders
  • Other notices that may affect the property

The second part, the Con29O is a set of optional enquiries that can be requested by the customer (at an additional charge) Some mortgage lenders may require these additional searches as they can include information regarding:

  • Road proposals
  • Public footpaths
  • Noise abatement orders
  • Pollution notices
  • Common land and village greens

Location Plan

The location plan should be up to date, display at least 2 named roads and mark the site location with a complete red line boundary.

Box C

Box C of the Con29R form is a free text space for customers to nominate up to 3 additional roads to be checked as part of their requested search. These roads need to be identified either by name (the name must also be clearly displayed on the plan provided) or by marking the roads with a colour and mentioning the colour in Box C.  

The importance of plans

As the name suggests, a location plan is used to determine the location of a search site.  Any search submitted with a poor quality or unacceptable plan will be rejected and returned causing a delay to the search process. Any developers plot plan must be accompanied by a location plan and the two can be submitted together to North Yorkshire County Council.  Ultimately, the better the quality of the plan provided, the better the quality of the answer we can return with.

Fees

From 1 January 2017, there will be 20% VAT on all CON29 questions

The most commonly used fees are; 

  • Con29- £60.00 +20% VAT = £72.00
  • total for basic search - £72.00
  • Additional Enquiries - Vary in price please see fee sheet linked below

You can also download the full list of fees here;

You can find the advice from North Yorkshire County Council on completing Box C here:

Please note we no longer accept searches by post and with cheques attached.

Personal searches

As of 28 October 2021 Personal Searches will be obtained from HM Land Registry after completion of a data transfer project

Further information

You can contact our Land Charges Officer for further information on 01609 779977.

Alternatively, Gov.uk has a helpful article here:

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