Land Charges search
The Council has a legal duty to maintain a Register of Local Land Charges. These are restrictions or prohibitions on a parcel of land, which are binding on new owners or occupiers of the land. Restrictions aren't normally shown on deeds, so Local Authority Searches are carried out as part of the conveyancing process when property is sold or re-mortgaged.
The Local Authority Search forms part of the conveyancing process. It protects potential buyers of property or land by making them aware of any matters affecting the property or land.
The Search is made up of two parts - the LLC1 form and the CON29 form.
LLC1 form - is a requisition for search of the Land Charges Register and for an official certificate of search.
This part of the search deals with all registerable charges, for example Conservation Areas, Tree Preservation Orders, Listed Buildings, Enforcement Notices, Conditions imposed in Planning Permissions etc.
CON29 form - is a list of standard enquiries to Local Authorities plus various optional enquiries.
This part of the search deals with Development Plan Status, Roads, Contaminated Land, Building Regulations, other planning history etc.
Please note that a search will not include information about neighbouring property. If you have concerns about an adjoining property or land, you can raise an additional drafted enquiry.
When asking for a Local Authority Search, please enclose the following:
- Form LLC1
- Form CON29
- The correct fee (see fees table). Cheques should be made payable to Powys County Council.
Searches must be submitted with an OS standard plan, clearly showing the search area outlined in red. The plan should be up-to-date and clearly show the search area in relation to neighbouring properties.
The LLC1 remains outside the scope of VAT
|Search of the Land Charges Register||Standard Fee||NLIS Fee|
|CON 29 Required Property Enquiries||Standard Fee||VAT||Std Fee Inc VAT|
|CON 29 Required Property Enquiries||NLIS Fee||VAT||NLIS Fee Inc VAT|
|Optional Property Enquiries|
|CON29 Optional Enquiry No 22||£22.00||£4.40||£26.40|
|All other CON29 Optional Enquiries||£12.00 each||£2.40||£14.40 each|
|Drafted Enquiries||£22.00 each||£4.40||£26.40 each|
Search response times
The Audit Commission monitors Local Authority search turnaround times for standard searches. The latest figures show that 99% of searches are completed within 10 working days.
Personal search requests
Personal searches of the Land Charges Register may be carried out by appointment only, between the hours of 10 - 11.30 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.. A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register only. Searchers are not given a written reply or an official certificate of search. They have to compile their own notes from the information provided on a computer screen.
The National Land Information Service (NLIS)
The NLIS is a government initiative aimed at delivering services electronically. Powys is connected to NLIS at level 3 and is able to receive search applications and return search results electronically.