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Local land charges

A local land charges search is undertaken as part of the conveyancing process when a property or a piece of land is being purchased, leased, valued or re-mortgaged. This reveals any restrictions or legal obligations against the site such as tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents, conservation areas, listed buildings etc.

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How to apply for a local land charges search

Apply for a local land charge search via Public Access Land Charges (PALC)

You will need the search address and an Ordnance Survey site plan of the property outlined in red.

The turnaround time for a basic search is a maximum of 10 working days.

Cancelling a search

Public Access Land Charges (PALC) is not designed for dealing with cancellations. If you delete a search before it is completed you will still receive the results and will be charged.

If you need to cancel a search, please contact our Local Land Charges team.

A refund will not be given if work has started on processing your search.

Fees
Full search (LLC1 and CON29R) £145.40
Full search - Additional parcels £17.30
LLC1 £25.00
LLC1 Additional parcels £4.00
CON29 (R) £120.40
CON29 (O) Enquiries £20.50
Additional enquiries £22.00

Please note that if you have submitted a search containing CON29 enquiries, you will receive a confirmation of payment receipt, which is not for VAT purposes. A VAT receipt will be issued with your search results on completion.

What does a local land charge search contain?

A standard land charge search usually includes two elements, submitted together - LLC1 and CON29R, although these can also be submitted separately.

  • LLC1 - Certificate of Search of the Local Land Charges Register.
    Shows Land Charges affecting land or property such as planning consents and tree preservation orders and includes an official Certificate of Search.
  • CON29R - Enquiries of local authority.
    Shows anything else such as Highways information on nearby road schemes, planning and building decisions pending and outstanding notices.

Personal search

Purchase an extract of the Local Land Charges Register via Public Access Land Charges (PALC)

If you would prefer to visit one of our offices, you can collect this for free (as a Personal Search).

Collection times are between 09:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Personal Searches will not be available for collection outside of these times.

Please email our Land Charges Team, stating your preferred office and date you would like to collect the personal search, allowing at least 24 hours before collection.

Copy documents

Access planning permissions, building control approvals and completion certificates via Public Access

Requests for documents not available on Public Access should be directed to our Land Charges Team. Please be advised that archive records are held in hard copy and microfilm formats at an off-site, deep storage facility, and a retrieval fee of £9.30 (for documents up to 15 years old) or £15.50 (for documents older than 15 years) per application is payable in advance of files being requested. Publishable documents will be made available to view on Public Access, which can take up to 30 days depending on the volume of documents within each file.

Requests for documents from building control competent persons schemes, (eg NICEIC, Fensa, HETAS) should be sent direct to the individual scheme.

Drainage enquiries

For drainage and water enquiries please contact Geodesys Ltd who are part of Anglian Water.

Commons and village green enquiries

Request an official search of the Register of Commons and Village Greens via Suffolk County Council