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A Local Search is a legal report used within conveyancing when buying, selling or leasing properties/land. The search is used to assist the purchaser/lessee and/or mortgage/loan company to make a decision as to whether or not to invest their money.

Searches

The type of search you do depends on your individual needs, and what information has already been collated.  A search consists of two parts: 

1. The LLC1 form - this deals with all register-able charges
2. There are two types of this, either CON29R or CON290

LLC1 - Certificate of Search

This is known as the 'Certificate of search'.  It is a request for a search of the Local Land Charges (LLC) Register.  There are 12 parts to the LLC Register.

The LLC Register holds information that runs alongside the property, ie it doesn’t matter who lives there, or how many times the property changes hands. It contains conditions, agreements, restrictions, notices etc that are relevant to the site.

Examples of these are:

  • Financial Charges
  • Covenants/conditions contained in a Council House Sale
  • Repayable Improvement Grants
  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Conditional Planning Applications from 01 August 1977
  • Legal Agreements

 

CON29

This form contains specific questions that the Law Society, with negotiation with Local Authorities and other agencies, deem the most important information held by the Local Authorities.

The information to answer this form is held within a number of our teams i.e. Highways, Planning, Civil Engineering and Private Sector Housing. The staff search their records to find the information, if any held, to answer the questions. An answer is given to each question even if it is no, none or not applicable.

Examples of the sort of questions include:

  • Are there any nearby road schemes?
  • Is the road adopted? (which means the Local Authority is responsible for its upkeep)

CON290

This form contains specific optional questions/'additional enquiries' relating to highways, planning and environmental health history which may affect the property or land.

Each question is optional, which means it is up to the individual to decide whether or not they want to include any of this information in their documentation. It is not compulsory to have the whole of the form answered, you just select which of the questions you want by putting a mark in the box adjoining the question.

Examples of the sort of questions include:

  • Is the property within a National Park?
  • Is the property within an enterprise zone?
  • Is the property within a common land site?

Personal Search

Members of the public, usually agents, come into the Local Authority and interrogate the LLC register and other public records to find the information they need to compile their version of a Local Search. The onus is on the Searcher to ensure they have copied or obtained all relevant information and data supplied is unrefined.

If you want to make a personal search of the LLC Register - appointments are available between 9.30am - 3.30pm Monday - Wednesday. This is a 30 minute slot and you can apply for up to five properties. NB. Only one appointment per customer per day.

Our Local Land Charges Team can also supply copies of Section 33, 106 and 38 agreements upon request and advance payment of an admin fee. 

Fee list: 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018

Please find below a table which shows the fees (inclusive of VAT) that we charge in respect of Local Searches:

Service Charge
LLC1 & CON29 R- Basic Search £92.45
Each Extra Parcel £16.30 each
LLC1 Form (Certificate of search) £12.45
LLC1 Extra Parcels £2.00 each
CON29 R £80.00
CON29 R - Each Extra Parcel £14.30 each
CON29 O (Optional printed questions 4-22) £14.35 each
Cancellation of Search £42.35
Administration Fee £14.35
Register - Only Personal Search (Local Land Charges) £0.00

Request a search

We accept payments for Local Land Searches via debit/credit cards either in person at our offices or over the telephone. Alternatively you can complete a form and return to us.

All forms should be sent to us and must include:

  • the correct fee, made payable to Dudley MBC
  • an accurate, full postal address of the property you want us to search against (including the postcode).
  • a plan of "ordnance survey" quality, showing the boundaries of the site you want us to search against clearly marked in red.  Also any box C accesses to be clearly marked if cannot be named.

If you have a DX number, please make sure you quote it on all the searches you send to us. This helps keep costs down and for us to return the form to you efficiently.

Our DX number is: - 741443 Dudley 7.