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Request a local land charges search

Find out if there are any restrictions on a piece of land or property you are buying.

Last updated: 27 January 2022

Due to an increase in search requests we are currently taking 10 working days to complete applications, we ask that you do not email or call us to chase until this time has lapsed.

We acknowledge the importance of land searches and we’re working hard to get things running again as soon as possible.

What is a local land charge?

A local land charge is a restriction on a piece of land or property that can limit its use or bind the owner to a payment of a sum of money.

Land charges can be attached to land or property because of:

  • road decisions
  • planning decisions
  • tree preservation orders

They may also be attached due to roads and public rights of way, outstanding notices and assets of community value, contaminated land, plus many other reasons.

As part of the conveyancing process, you will need a Local Land Charges search.

The two types of search

There are two main types of search:

  1. Full or ‘official’ search – this is carried out by us
  2. Personal search – this is carried out by a personal search agent, instructed by you

Full, or 'official' search

We carry out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975. We are able to collect complete and comprehensive information from lots of different departments including planning and building control and bring it together.

A full search is made up of two searches:

  • Local land charges search (form LLC1) This is a search of the Local Land Charges Register. It shows any charges affecting the land or property, such as planning decisions and tree preservation orders, and details of any money owed to the council by previous owners.
  • Local authority search (form CON29) This search reveals any planning, highway or environmental issues that either affect the land or property now, or could affect it in the future. It includes an optional section (form CON29O) which covers any common land enquiries such as public paths and pollution orders. The majority of the information comes from other departments within the council.

Personal search

A personal search is a inspection of the local land charges register. It is normally carried out by a personal search agent acting on behalf of a third party for the potential buyer.

How to request a search

You can request a search through us, or through the National Land Information Service (NLIS) website

For a full search

  1. Use forms LLC1 and CON29, which you can download from the Law Society website
  2. Email your LLC1 and CON29 forms to us at lcenquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk
  3. Make your payment using this online form

For a personal search

  1. Email us at lcenquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk and tell us the address you want searched
  2. Make your payment using this online form

How much will it cost?

Search type

Current fees

(inc VAT)

Fees from 6 April 2020

(inc VAT)

Full Search (LLC1 + CON29)

£271.20

£271.20

LLC1

£24 (No VAT is added to this fee)

£24 (No VAT is added to this fee)

CON29

£247.20

£247.20

Individual CON290 questions

£30

£30 (No charge for Q.22)

Solicitors additional questions 

£43.20

£43.20

Extra parcel of land (LLC1 +CON29)

£48

£48

Personal search CON29 questions

£6

£10

Personal search CON29 additional parcel

N/A

£4.80 (No VAT is added to this fee)