Local land charges search

If you are planning to buy or lease a property you will need to know whether there are any issues of concern, such as plans for a motorway at the bottom of your garden or outstanding Notices requiring you to remedy an earlier wrong doing.

In this context the word "charge" means any outstanding financial claim, restriction, decision or information which may affect a particular property or parcel of land. These include charges for such services as roads, restrictions such as tree preservation orders and conditions imposed on planning permissions, conservation areas, legal agreements and listed buildings.

By law, we must keep a ‘land charges register’. The register records relevant information on every property or parcel of land within the borough. It contains information on planning permissions, highway status/proposals, conservation area designation, tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, improvement grants, management orders, and financial charges.

Most people use a solicitor to arrange a local land charges search although anyone is entitled to do this.

Drainage search enquiries should be sent directly to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

For queries relating to deeds, boundaries or ownership please contact your District Land Registry Office.

Apply for a search

A search request is usually submitted in two parts: Form LLC1 and Form CON29. These forms are available from legal stationers or the Law Society.

LLC1 - Application for an Official Search of the Register - The reply to such an application will, for example, reveal if the property is in a conservation area or may be a listed building, or if any trees on the property are protected by a tree preservation order etc.

CON29 - Standard Enquiries of Local Authorities Form - This deals with issues such as road schemes, planning history, building regulations and various notices which affect the property.

This facility is normally for a solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Postal searches

To apply for a search by post you should include forms LLC1 and CON 29 (and, if required CON29O) in duplicate. (These forms are obtainable from Solicitors or Law Stationers). Please submit two up-to-date plans showing the area to be searched outlined in red. You should also send a cheque made payable to "Caerphilly County Borough Council" for the correct fee.

Search fees 1 July 2018

Con29R/Con29O fees below are subject to 20% VAT from 1 January 2017.

Residential

LLC1 search

£6.00

 

CON 29 (Inclusive of VAT @ 20%)

£89.40

 

Total

£95.40

Commercial

LLC1 search

£6.00

 

Con 29 (Inclusive of VAT @ 20%)

£118.80

 

Total

£124.80

CON29O enquiries questions 4 to 22 (Inclusive of VAT @ 20%)

£14.40 each

Copy of search (Only available to solicitor / company who originally applied)

£10.00

Personal search (by appointment only)

£Nil

Solicitor's additional enquiry (Inclusive of VAT @ 20%)

£18.00

Additional parcel of land (LLC1)

£1.00

Additional parcel of land (CON29) (Inclusive of VAT @ 20%)

£14.40

Please note be are unable to offer an expedited fee at this time.

Please make cheques payable to 'Caerphilly County Borough Council' and address the envelope clearly to Local Land Charges to avoid delays.

Personal searches

We will certify official searches as they are completed by trained personnel who have detailed knowledge of all the information required for the CON29 questionnaire. This includes approved schemes that have not yet been implemented by the council such as:

  • Proposed parking restrictions
  • One way driving
  • Prohibition of driving
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Nearby road or rail schemes
  • Outstanding statutory notices relating to building works, environment, health and safety at work, housing, highways or public health

You can carry out a personal search but you will need to contact us to make an appointment. The search result is compiled from the Local Land Charges Register and does not include all CON29 information. We do not compile or certify personal search results, and responsibility for the accuracy of the replies lies with the relevant search company. Some banks and building societies will not accept personal searches for mortgage purposes.

Information about neighbouring properties

The search does not include information about neighbouring properties and is carried out only on the property outlined on the search request.

However, if you have any concerns about planning permissions on neighbouring properties or areas of land, a CON29 O, optional enquiry or an additional enquiry can be submitted which allows you to ask a specific question. For example, has planning permission been granted on the immediate neighbours properties?

If you have concerns about areas of land, please be specific when colouring or outlining the area in question.

Please note that we cannot answer subjective queries such as planning permissions that might affect the enjoyment of the property or amenity or views. The fee for an additional enquiry is £15.

Please check that your query is not already contained in the CON29 R or can be requested in CON29 O. The fee for each enquiry in the latter is £12.

Further information

If you would like any further information about Local Land Charges searches please contact us.

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