Local land charges

The Local Land Charges Register contains information relating to charges held against property.

This refers to any outstanding financial claim, restriction, decision or information which may affect a particular property or parcel of land. Examples are charges for such services as roads, restrictions such as tree preservation orders, conditions imposed on planning permissions, conservation areas, legal agreements and listed buildings.

NOTE: There is a 25 working day turnaround for Local Land Charge searches.

From the 31st December 2016 the Calderdale Council Land Charges online order system will no longer be available. Please post your search request and plan to Local Land Charges, Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1UJ with a  cheque payable to Calderdale MBC for the appropriate fee.

Land charges register and search

The local land charges register records information about properties (or parcels of land) in the Calderdale area. This includes any legal restrictions or development proposals affecting a particular property.

A search of the register, often called 'local search' can be carried out by anyone, usually a solicitor, acting on behalf of prospective buyers of a property.

From the 31st December 2016 the Calderdale Council Land Charges online order system will no longer be available. Please post your search request and plan to Local Land Charges, Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1UJ with a  cheque payable to Calderdale MBC for the appropriate fee.

There are two types of searches, official and personal. Your solicitor or licensed conveyancer will probably request an official search on your behalf, but do ask them to make sure.

This kind of information needs to be known before a property is purchased. The information may prevent you doing what you have planned, or could affect the price or saleability of the property when you sell the property, even if it is many years later.

Local authority and property search

If planning to buy a house or plot of land, or lease a property, you need to know whether the Authority will charge you. This may be for outstanding or ongoing services, or if there are any restrictions.

To obtain this information a Local Authority Search has to be carried out.

The Local Authority Search is in two parts.

There are two standard forms for an official search. Either your solicitor will fill in these forms or you can get then from a Legal Stationer.

  • LLC1 Requisition for Search and Official Certificate of Search
    This relates to all registerable charges, any smoke control, conservation areas, tree preservation orders, if the property is of architectural or historical interest, and any conditional planning applications, which have been approved with conditions as from 1st August 1977. It is a search of the local land charges register.
  • Con 29: Enquiries of the local authority
    This form has a series of 'warning' questions' about anything that is planned that may affect the property. It is in two parts:
    • Con 29 (R) Required Enquiries of the Local Authority (2007) Edition
      Enquiries 1-3 deal with enquiries relating to planning, highways and environmental services, which may affect the property or land. Answers to these enquiries are required on all occasions;
    • Con 29 (O) Optional Enquiries of the Local Authority (2007) Edition
      Enquiries 4-22 are charged for individually and we will only reply if the purchaser or the Legal Practitioner places a tick in the appropriate box on the front of the form. Each question relates to a specific situation, such as high hedges or public footpaths.

To help ensure that you get the information you need, please complete a PDFProperty search request form [PDF 73KB]

Please also provide a clear Ordnance Survey plan, with your property highlighted on the plan.

You can also submit your LLC1 and Con 29 searches via National land information service (NLIS) .

Search fees

VAT:  Important announcement

HMRC announced that with effect from Sunday, 1st January 2017, all fees payable in respect of the provision of CON29 data would be subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%. 

  • Form Con29 Enquiries of the Local Authority
  • Form Con29O Enquiries of the Local Authority
  • Con29 additional parcel fees

Consequently, with effect from the 1st of January 2017, our fees as shown below include VAT (at the standard 20% rate)

Any searches received after 23rd December 2016 will not be processed until after 1st January 2017 and therefore subject to VAT. 

Service

Fee
Local authority full search £168.20
Local land charge search (LLC1) £23.00
LLC1 additional parcel of land £1.00
Con 29 - required enquiries £145.20
Con 29 - optional enquiries, including enquiry 22 (per question) £12.00
Con 29 additional enquiry £33.60
Con 29 additional parcel of land £37.00
Personal search No charge

Contact

  • Username Local land charges unit
  • Email locallandcharges@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Telephone 01422 288001
  • Address
    Local land charges
    Calderdale Council
    Town Hall
    Halifax
    HX1 1TP