A local land charge is a liability or burden imposed on land, which is binding on successive owners. A land search is important because it will tell you about possible restrictions or issues affecting your home or property.
A local land charge search is required every time a property or piece of land is purchased, leased or an evaluation is carried out. Our customer service agents carry out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries. When carrying out a search, other statutory public bodies may also be consulted, including Surrey County Council's Highways Department.
What is an official search?
A search is made up of two parts:
The LLC1 Form - The LLC1 form is a search of the Local Land Charges Register only and deals with all the registerable charges. For example: financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents and agreements and buildings of special architectural and historical interest.
The CON29 Form - The second part consists of the CON29R and the CON29O form. The CON29R form contains a series of standard questions and deals with issues such as road schemes, the planning history of the property and various notices which affect the property. In addition, the CON29O form consists of optional enquiries that may also be requested for an additional fee. Purchasers can also request information from the Council that is not covered by the standard or optional questions.
How to request a search
Searches can be requested online, by post or via DX post (DX30713).
Please ensure the following is included when submitting searches to be processed:
- The correct fee
- A correct and clear address of the property
- A scaled, up-to-date site plan showing the boundaries of the property or land, clearly marked in red (not essential if the search is against a single residential address).
Please note if requesting a Personal Search online along with Component Data, any CON29R questions relating to Surrey Highways will need to be requested directly from Surrey County Council.
Fees for official searches
Search fees are currently outside the scope of VAT.
Please find our fees here: Land charges fees.
Searches will usually be processed and returned within five working days. Copies of planning decision notices and building control completion certificates issued within the last 10 years are included with completed searches where available to give as complete a history of the property as possible.
IMPLEMENTATION OF VAT ON CON29
As you may be aware, HMRC have confirmed their decision that VAT is now payable on all income derived from the Con29 and Con29O products. Councils are responsible for implementing this change by 31st March 2017.
Please be advised that Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s implementation date for applying VAT to the Con29 product will be 1st March 2017. VAT will be levied at the rate of 20% and a VAT receipt will be provided for each search where appropriate.
VAT will be applied from the point of “receipt of payment” therefore searches received, registered and in progress prior to 1st March will not be affected.
If sending us a search request prior to 1st March, please consider the time it will take to reach us, especially if sending by post or DX. VAT will need to be included in your fee if the search will reach us on 1st March or thereafter. For searches submitted online, we will apply a cut off time of 28th February at 14.00hrs. This will allow us sufficient time to register and progress “last minute” searches. Any online searches received after this time including elements of the Con29 will be registered on 1st March 2017 and will attract VAT.
Our website will be updated to show the revised fees inclusive of VAT which will take effect from 1st March 2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any query regarding the above and our Land Charges Team will be happy to assist.
Personal searches and component information
A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register. This is completed free of charge.
To request a personal search, please call 01372 732000 with the full property address and details of the CON29R questions that you wish to have answered. Please note Component Data relating to Surrey Highways will need to be requested directly from Surrey County Council.
We require at least five working days' notice for personal searches to be compiled and any associated fee to be paid in advance if requesting component information.
Within normal office hours of 9am - 5pm, a drop-in safe is available for cheque deposits.