Local Land Searches

About Land Charges

A Local Land Charges Search is part of the land and property conveyancing process. "Charges" refer to any outstanding financial claims, restrictions, decisions or information which may affect a particular property or parcel of land.

Searches are used to identify if there are any matters affecting a property or land which a prospective purchaser should be aware of and which might affect their decision to go ahead with the purchase.

In this way, the search is designed to protect potential purchasers of property.

When is a Land Charge Search required?

Searches and enquiries should be made on:

  • every land or property purchase and mortgage (or sale in some cases)
  • every taking or assignment of a lease
  • property used as security
  • long-term rentals (although not absolutely necessary)
Our service

Our Local Land Charges Section maintains the statutory Local Land Charges Register. We also collate information from various other Council departments such as Development Services to enable the completion of a Local Land Charges Search.

The official search is conducted by our trained and dedicated local land charges section. As part of this process, the team will ensure that the information revealed in your search report is relevant and accurate. We will normally complete an official search within 5 working days of receipt.

Advantages to using the councils Land Charges Searches are as follows:

  • authoritative data available from our departmental partners.
  • the official search will bear the logo of Redcar and Cleveland Council
  • we produce and sign a Certificate of Search which only Local Authorities are permitted to do.
  • no third party involvement
  • no add-on transaction fees
  • we offer an electronic return via email and NLIS
  • variety of search types to suit your needs
Search types

A local land search is split into two main types, a search of the:

  • Local Land Charge Register (LLC1),
  • CON29
The CON29 search is itself split into 2 sections

  • CON29R (Required)
  • CON29O (Optional).
The LLC1 form (Local Land Charges Register):

The LLC1 form is a legal document which reveals entries that are registered in the Local Land Charges Register against a property or land. The Local Land Charge Register is split into 12 parts:

  • Part 1 General Financial Charges
  • Part 2 Specific Financial Charges
  • Part 3 Planning Charges
  • Part 4 Miscellaneous Charges
  • Part 5 Fenland Ways Maintenance Charges
  • Part 6 Land Compensation Charges
  • Part 7 New Towns Charges
  • Part 8 Civil Aviation Charges
  • Part 9 Opencast Coal Charges
  • Part 10 Listed Building Charges
  • Part 11 Light Obstruction Notices
  • Part 12 Drainage Scheme Charges
CON29R form (Enquiries of a Local Authority):
This is a standard form of questions (containing 64 components) agreed between the Law Society and Local Government Associations. The form contains comprehensive enquires designed to reveal to intending purchasers information about the property to be purchased. The enquiries fall into the following categories:

  • Planning and Building Control
  • Roads
  • Other Matters
CON29O form (Enquiries of Local Authority - Optional):
The CON29O section is made up of a further 20 individual optional enquiries listed in the optional enquiries" section of the Local Search Schedule document.

Note: CON29 questions may be purchased individually if required.

Personal Search
A personal search may be conducted by anyone, but in the vast majority of cases these are conducted by private companies on behalf of their clients. A personal search allows for the inspection of the Local Land Charges Register, at the council offices. All other publicly available registers may also be inspected but they may not all be located in the same place; other information may need to be obtained from the council website or by reference to committee minutes.

How to apply for a search

A search is normally carried out by a solicitor using one of the methods below:
Email - landcharges@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Post - Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT

Hand delivered to above address
DX document exchange
NLIS - National Land Information Service
(on-line service) http://www.nlis.org.uk


HMRC are considering applying VAT to local land charge search fees. Therefore the land charges fees shown on this website and on the CON29 Schedule may be subject to changes relating to VAT status.

For all of the above forms the information given on a search relates only to the property or land identified on the search. The Council does not provide information regarding surrounding properties or land unless specified on the plan.

CON29 searches have changed in line with guidance from the Law Society from 4th July 2016.

Local Search and Enquiries fees are broken down into:

Standard Local Search
(Con29R and LLC1)
LLC1 £26.00
Form of Enquiries (CON29) £110
Additional parcel of land £12.00
Con 29 Individual Question £10.00 each except CON29O Q22 £14.00 (common land and village greens)
Personal Search £2.00

All fees have been set on a cost recovery basis apart from the Personal Search fee of £2.00 which is to cover our admin charge.

Payment methods

Payments Button

Obtain a Land Charges reference number for your search from the Land Charges Clerk.

Click the online payment button above

Select the Land Charges payment option in the left hand column.

Enter the relevant details in the boxes provided giving the Land charges reference number previously provided to you by the Land Charges Clerk.

Made payable to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Searches cannot be released until cheques have cleared.

Cash/card via cashiers Seafield House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar.
Further Land Searches guidance is provided by the government appointed Land Data Organisation via the following link www.land-data.org.uk/article/Consumer-guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Who carries out the Local Land Charges search?
Search requests are usually received from the Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer acting for the purchaser of a property. Personal Search Companies also make searches and anyone can make a search if they submit their request on the correct forms. These forms - the LLC1 and CON29 - are available from Legal stationers.

How many forms do I need to submit?
The LLC1 and Con29 forms should be submitted in duplicate when sending in a postal request.

Do I need to send you any plans of the property?
Yes we require an A4 plan in duplicate with the property to be searched on clearly outlined in red.

Who can apply for a Search?
Any person can apply. You can lodge the application yourself or through your Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer.

What is the difference between a Personal Search and a Local Authority search?
A Personal Search provides the information of an LLC1 search but its content is your own responsibility and its accuracy is not guaranteed by the Council. A CON 29 form is not used for a Personal Search enquiry and if you wish to ask any similar questions you must approach each individual Council department yourself. You may be charged for any information that is provided following such requests. Some Land Charges information may be accessed via a searches portal in the Library at Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar.

What is NLIS?
NLIS ( National Land Information System) is the electronic way of sending and receiving search requests. http://www.nlis.org.uk

Can I submit a Clients cheque?
We will accept clients cheques however the search replies will not be returned to you until the cheque has been cleared by our Bank.

Do you answer Drainage enquiries?
No - Please contact Northumbrian Water
Northumbrian Water
Customer Centre
PO Box 300
Tel: 0345 717 1100

Will the road information reply tell me if all the roads abutting my property are adopted?
Yes provided they have been requested on the CON29 form.

Do I send my Commons Registration Search to you?
Yes by selecting Question 22 on the CON29 form.

Can Land Charges tell me who owns a certain property or piece of land?
No you will need to make application to Land Registry

Contact us

Tel: (01642) 444408
Email: landcharges@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Further Information and Guidance

Further Land Searches guidance is provided by the government appointed Land Data Organisation: www.land-data.org.uk/article/Consumer-guides

Schedule of Registers:

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