What is a local authority search?
A local search is carried out when buying land or property and forms part of the conveyancing process. The standard questions give the potential buyer details of any restrictions or legal obligations, enforceable against successive owners by the local authority or other government departments.
The Search Process
A search is normally submitted in two parts; form LLC1 and form CON29. It is a statutory requirement that all district and metropolitan councils within England and Wales compile, maintain and regularly update their local land charges register.
Form LLC1 is an official request, submitted by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer or a member of the public to the appropriate council asking for a search of the local land charges register to be conducted. The council is under a statutory duty to comply with that request.
From the 4th July 2016, a new Law Society CON29 Enquiries of Local Authority (2016) and Law Society CON29O Optional Enquiries of Local Authority (2016) forms will be introduced.
Following HMRCs very recent decision that CON29 and O products submitted to the local authority are considered to be refined data and is therefore subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%. We will be increasing our fees for the CON29 and O by 20%, the statutory LLC1 Official Certificate of Search is unaffected by this change.
Submitting CON29 and LLC
LLC1 £20.00 + CON29 £115.00 + VAT £23.00. TOTAL = £158.00
Submitting LLC1 Only
Submitting CON29 Only
CON29 £115.00 + VAT £23.00 = £138.00
CON29 £15.00 + VAT £3.00 = £18.00
LLC1 £0.00 + VAT None = £0.00
CON29 + LLC1 + VAT = £18.00
CON29O except Q.22 £15.00 (per question) + VAT £3.00 = £18.00
CON29O Q.22 £15.50 + VAT £3.10 = £18.60
Additional Enquiries £20.00 (per question) + VAT £4.00 = £24.00
Processing Local Searches
Forms can either be posted to: Land Charges, Fylde Borough Council, Town Hall, Lytham St. Annes, FY8 1LW or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Fylde Borough Council. Postal address: Land Charges, Fylde Borough Council, Town Hall, Lytham St. Annes, FY8 1LW.
Credit/debit card payments can also be taken by contacting (01253) 658507.
We aim to return local searches within 5 working days.
NLIS - An electronic search
Fylde Borough Council are now able to administer electronic searches through the National Land Information Service Hub (NLIS) and are currently at Level 3 which means that we can receive and return electronic searches. To find out more about this service visit www.nlis.org.uk (external link).
If you wish to use this service, you will need to make arrangements with an NLIS Licensed Channel Provider for the submission of your searches. We suggest you contact the following NLIS Licensed Channel Provider for information on their services:
NLIS Searchflow: Telephone: 0870 7559940
website: www.searchflow.co.uk (external link)
GlobalX Information Services (GlobalX) contact NLIS for contact details http://www.nlis.org.uk (external link).
Personal Search - No Fee
A Personal Search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register. It can be carried out by anyone. Please note that a Personal Search does not provide all the information given on a full CON29 form and the document is not signed on behalf Fylde Borough Council.
Q Is the information only available during set times and is an appointment procedure in place?
A The Council operates the following guidelines and appointment system for personal searches:-
It is the responsibility of the person carrying out the Personal Search to identify the land/property and to make any note of information held on the Register.
For an appointment please contact Land Charges (01253) 658507 or email email@example.com
Only four personal search companies can be accommodated per day with an individual limit of six properties per visit.
All addresses, including additional addresses (up to a limit of six) to be added to a booked appointment need to be received before 11am on the day before the appointment (excluding weekends).
All appointments are for the next working day, are subject to availability and need to be booked before 11am. Weekdays only.
Location plans are essential for all land and properties with a house name. Preferably please could you email any location plans to firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours - Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am to 4.00pm.
If you wish to cancel an appointment or any of the properties booked then please contact Land Charges as soon as possible.
Access to CON29 Information
Q. How do I access information and where is it available from?
A. The Land Charges Fee Sheet (see download on the left of the page) provides full details on how to request data and the fee required.
To submit any enquiries from the CON29 please forward details with a cheque (made payable to Fylde Borough Council) for the correct amount to: Land Charges, Fylde Borough Council, Town Hall, Lytham St. Annes, FY8 1LW or email landcharges@fylde,gov.uk Credit/debit card payments can be by telephoning (01253) 658507.
The replies which require payment will not be available to collect when you complete the inspection of the Land Charges Register, they will be forwarded to you in a report between 5-10 working days after the request has been made. This will not affect any replies which are available to inspect without charge.
Q. Is the CON29 information available without paying a fee?
A. Yes. The Inspection Information report (see download on the left of the page) provides all the contact details of the departments where the various CON29 data is held.
If you have any further questions, would like to feed back any comments or suggestions or wish to make a complaint please write to:
Fylde Borough Council,
Lytham St. Annes,
Please note that drainage questions are no longer dealt with by the council. All drainage enquiries should be addressed directly to United Utilities, Map Services, Stephens Way, Goose Green Lane, Wigan WN3 6PJ