Personal Search inspections of Local Land Charges Register information are available on site from Mon 5 October. See further details in the Personal Searches section below.

Local Authority Search online request form

A Local Land Charge is a restriction, prohibition or financial charge attached to a piece of land or property.

Some common examples of charges include:

  • Conditions imposed by Planning Permissions
  • Restrictions such as Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
  • Enforcement Notices
  • Conservation Areas
  • Legal Agreements
  • Listed Buildings

There are a wide range of other charges that also may affect a property.

A Local Land Charge is binding on all successive owners or occupiers of the property or land.

Our current turnaround is:

  • Official Local Authority Searches - 5 Working Days
  • Expedited search - Next working day

Please note if you have ordered your search information via a Personal or private Search company, you should check their current turnaround times with them.

When you buy a house or land your solicitor will usually carry out a Local Authority Search (also called a Local Land Charges Search) as part of the regular checks. 

The search contains two parts – the LLC1 and CON29.

The LLC1

Experienced and skilled council officers inspect and interpret the Local Land Charges registers and give you the full information for that property or piece of land.

See an Example LLC1 form.

A Personal Search can be carried out by the home mover themselves or by a private Personal Search agent or company. With a Personal Search the person undertaking the search inspects the Local Land Charges Registers.

The CON29

This contains additional information regarding the property or land. Some of the CON29 includes applications, notices and orders that are in the process of being made, that potential home buyers would need to be aware of.

The CON29 answers over 60 questions from a range of council departments including:

  • Planning
  • Building Control
  • Environmental Health
  • Highways (answered by West Sussex County Council)

See an Example CON29 form.

The CON29O (Optional) form

Any or all of these further questions can be requested with a search, which cover areas such as:

  • Pipelines
  • Noise abatement
  • Environmental issues
  • Pollution notices

See an Example CON29O form.

Please use our online forms to submit your search:

Local Authority Search online request form

We can offer an expedited (fast-track) service, returning your search the next working day. Searches are input at 9am each morning. Expedited searches received up to 9am will be input that day and returned the next working day.

For example, a search submitted before 9am Tuesday will be back with you on Wednesday.

When ordering your search via our online forms, just choose the Expedited Search option. 

Cost: £30 (including VAT)

Personal Searches

How do I book a Personal Search?

Inspections of the Local Land Charges Register information are available on site, by appointment. Please see details of how to book your appointment, and how to use the PC on site in the following documents:

How do I inspect the Planning history of a property/land?

Planning history from 2007 onwards is on the Online Planning Register.

Older history is available to view in reception at the council offices.

How can I obtain unrefined CON29 information?

Access to CON29 Information (Updated 2021)

How do I request information via Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)?

Contact the Council's Freedom of Information (FOI) officer. Further details can be found on our web site - Environmental Information Regulations or email foi@midsussex.gov.uk.

How to buy or sell a home

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published two new guides on buying and selling a home.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-buy-a-home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-sell-a-home

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477444
Email: landcharges@midsussex.gov.uk
DX:
Local Land Charges
Mid Sussex District Council
DX 300320
Haywards Heath 1

Last updated: 01 April 2021