A local land charge is a liability or burden imposed on land, which is binding on successive owners. A land search is important because it will tell you about possible restrictions or issues affecting your home.
The Standard Search Fee (LLC1 + CON29) is £259.00. This will rise to £264.50 from 1st April 2021
VAT is charged on CON29 searches. Full details of all charges can be found in the fee sheet (see 'Downloads').
Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) local land charges service maintains an electronic register that provides information on land and property in the district. This is used to carry out searches, usually when land or property is being purchased, leased, re-mortgaged or valued, to protect financial and legal interests.
MVDC holds information including:
- Planning decisions
- Building control
- Environmental health
- Policy information contained in the Local Plan
Several other statutory public bodies are also consulted, including Surrey County Council Highways Department. The register is updated on a daily basis to ensure that the most accurate information is held, and MVDC is usually able to complete local searches within five working days of receiving a request.
The search, which is in two parts (LLC1 and CON29 forms), is usually requested by solicitors or licensed conveyancers, although private individuals or organisations can also apply for them.
The LLC1 form
The LLC1 form is a search of the register only, dealing with all the registerable charges, such as:
- Financial issues (registered against the property by the local authority)
- Improvement grants
- Tree preservation orders (TPOs)
- Conditional planning consents and agreements
The CON29 form
The CON29 form deals with issues such as road schemes, the planning history and various notices which affect the property. The CON29 form consists of a series of standard questions, while the CON29O form contains some optional enquiries that you may wish to ask about.
Searches can be submitted and paid for online by visiting any of the NLIS Licensed Channels' websites (see 'Internet Links'). When completed, the searches will be returned to you electronically. More information about NLIS can be found below.
Further information about Personal Searches, and details about the Assisted Service, can be found by visiting the Personal Search page (see 'Related Pages').
Additional Enquiries - We no longer answer solicitors' additional enquiries in the Land Charges team. For any additional questions that are not part of the official local authority search (i.e. CON29 and CON29O enquiries), please contact the Customer Services Unit on 01306 885001, who will forward the request to the appropriate department. If a charge is applicable, then the replying department will advise.
National Land Information Service (NLIS)
NLIS is a government initiative which carries the sole mandate of providing electronic official land and property information held by all Local Authorities in England and Wales, as well as other official sources of data, including HM Land Registry, the Coal Authority and water companies.
The NLIS Hub acts as a gateway for conveyancers to access land and property information through one of the NLIS Licensed Channels. The NLIS Hub is regulated by Land Data.
Further information on how to order NLIS searches can be found by visiting the NLIS website (see 'Internet Links').
Comments and Suggestions and Complaints
If you would like to make any comments or suggestions about the service, you can do so in writing to Local Land Charges, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Document Exchange is DX 57306 DORKING.