Personal Search Requests
A Personal Search is a search of the Land Charges Register only however other registers held by the Council that are open for public inspection can be viewed at the same time. This allows access to limited property information and is not as comprehensive as an official Local Authority Search.
It is the responsibility of the person carrying out the Personal Search to obtain the Information relating to the property being searched.
Personal search procedure: Please email your request together with a plan of the property or land to be searched. The name of your company, contact name and telephone number will also be required. Your request will be acknowledged and you will be contacted by email once the information is ready to view.
A separate appointment should be made with other Council departments who hold records that are available for public inspection by calling:
- Harlow Council Planning Services: 01279 446856 or 446598
- Essex County Council Highways: 0345 603 7631
- Harlow Council Environmental Health: 01279 446111
Personal search fees: Under the European Information Regulations (EIR) a Personal Search of the Land Charges register can be viewed free of charge.
Local Land Charges
The standard Local Land Charge search is divided into two parts, the LLC1 and the Con 29. These forms are usually submitted together by a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer acting on behalf of a person buying or selling a property or land.
- The LLC1 form is used to search the Register of Local Land Charges and records details of all entries registered against a property or land within the district that fall within the definition of a local land charge.
- The Con29 (R) form contains a series of standard questions covering Planning, Highways, Building Control and Environmental Health.
- The Con29 (O) form contains a series of optional enquiries that can be requested.
Additional enquiries may be requested for information not covered by the standard and optional enquiries.
Local Land Charges - Official Searches
Local Authority Searches are usually undertaken by a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer acting on behalf of a person buying or selling property or land. The standard Local Land Charges Search is divided into two parts; the LLC1 and the Con 29 (R). These forms are usually submitted together with a site/location plan in duplicate by the Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer.
Form LLC1 – Local Land Charges Register: The Register of Local Land Charges records details of all entries registered against properties within the district that fall within the definition of a local land charge e.g. expressly made a local land charge by statute or a charge which is a restriction or prohibition on a parcel of land securing payment or restricting use and is binding on successive owners. There are 12 different parts of the LLC Register covering a wide range of areas, e.g. Financial Charges, Planning Charges, Miscellaneous, and Listed Buildings.
CON 29 (R) – enquiries of Local Land Charges: The Con29(R) contains a series of standard questions covering Planning, Highways, Building Control and Environmental Health. The Con29 (O) contains a series of Optional Enquiries that can be requested by submitting the Con29 (O) form and indicating which enquiries are required.
Additional enquiries: Additional enquiries are questions potential buyers may wish to ask the Council for information which is not covered by the Standard and Optional questions.
How to submit a Local Authority Search:
Electronic: Electronic searches can be requested using one of the National Land Information Services (NLIS) Licensed Channels. The Channels are connected to the Local Land Charges Unit by the NLIS hub which acts as the gateway for information and services from a number of data providers and also provides search tracking, billing and payment mechanisms.
NLIS Channel Providers:
Telephone: 0870 990 9946
- Thames Water Property Searches:
Telephone: 0845 070 9148
- Index Property Information:
Telephone: 01206 273 776
- An alternative to the NLIS Channel:
TM official Search Services
Telephone: 0844 249 9212
Post or DX: Submit completed forms in duplicate together with two site/location plans plus the correct fee - Cheques made payable to ‘Harlow District Council’
Email: email completed forms in duplicate together with two site/location plans to: Local.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow your request with payment by cheque.
Local Authority Search fees:
From 1 April 2019:
- Form LLC1
One parcel of land: £20.40
Additional parcels above one: £5.10
- CON 29 (R) (Only)
One parcel of land: £112.88
Additional parcels above one: £18.40
- CON 29 (R) Including LLC1
One parcel of land: £133.28
Additional parcels above one £23.50
- CON 29 (O) – Optional Enquiries:
Each printed enquiry £14.70
Q22 – Registered Common Land £16.80
- Additional Enquiries £22.00
Please note that VAT is chargeable on both the Con29 standard and optional elements of the Local Authority Search. VAT is not chargeable on the LLC1 element.
Local Land Charges
The Water Gardens
Telephone: 01279 446696 or 446046