Local land charges

When you buy a property or a piece of land, it is important you or your solicitor ask for a local land charges search to make sure there are no charges affecting the land or property.

What is a local land charge?

A local land charge can be a financial claim, restriction, decision or information which may affect a particular property or area of land.

Charges can include:

  • environmental health notices
  • financial amounts owed
  • planning decisions
  • road agreements
  • tree preservation orders (TPO)

    A local land charges search will highlight these charges and help you to make an informed decision about buying an area of land or property.

In most cases your solicitor will ask us to do the search as we do all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975.

We are able to collect information from lots of different departments including planning and building control and bring it together to form a local authority search.

An official local authority search is made up of two types of searches:

Search type  Search details
LLC1 It shows any charges affecting the land or property, such as planning decisions and tree preservation orders, and details of money owed to the council by previous owners.
Con29

The CON29 reveals any planning, highway or environmental issues that either affect your land or property now, or could affect you in the future.

It can also include an optional section; CON29O. This covers any common land enquiries such as public paths and pollution orders. We charge for every additional question requested from this section.

The most popular request is for a “full search”; this is the LLC1 and CON29 combined. You can then decide if you want to add any optional questions from the CON29O.

To request an official search we will need you to submit:

  • a copy of the relevant request form (LLC1, CON29 or CON29O) - these are available from most high street solicitors or the Law Society website. New versions of forms LLC1 and CON29 were published on 4 July 2016. You must use the new LLC1 and CON29 forms when you make your request.
  • a cheque for the correct fee made payable to “London Borough of Redbridge”
  • a site plan identifying the land you are enquiring about

You can send your requests by

email: landcharges@redbridge.gov.uk

or

post them to:

Local Land Charges,
3rd Floor, Town Hall,
128-142 High Road,
Ilford,  IG1 1DD

Once we have received your documents we will take approximately 1 to 3 working days to complete the search and we will then email them back to you.

report type report details price
Full search A full local land charges search report consists of two parts, the LLC1 and the CON29R £179 for residential
£227 for a commercial


Alternatively, you can choose the reports, questions or additional enquiries you’re interested in and purchase them individually. 

reports, questions and enquiries price
LLC1 £65.00
Con29R (questions 1 - 3.13) £114
Con29O Optional Enquiries (questions 4 - 22) £42 each
Additional Enquiries (Solicitors own Enquiries) £60 each
Additional Parcel of Land on a Full Search £60 each
Additional Parcel of Land on an LLC1 £15.00 each
Copies of documents as a result of an official search £20.00

We can’t advise on land ownership or boundary lines and we have no powers to resolve disputes. If you are in a dispute with your neighbour about the boundary between your properties, you will need to work out who owns the land.

You can find this information in legal documents such as your title deeds or through Land Registry

If you think the boundaries are not defined in the title document or lease, or the boundaries have been changed by agreement or encroachment, you will need to get legal advice from a solicitor

A personal search is free of charge and can be made by anyone; but does not bear the official stamp of Redbridge Council and is therefore not an official local authority search.

It will only include a search of the:

  • local land charges register
  • public register and
  • our data records

    We are unable to validate any information found during a personal search and we are also unable to discuss the information with you. You will need to get information by using our online services or by contacting the relevant departments. Additional fees may be applicable and it will take as long as it takes you to compile the information together.

Appointments need to be made for a Personal Search of the LLC Register, email: landcharges@redbridge.gov.uk

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