Changes to telephone opening hours
We've recently moved to a new system for processing searches. As a result, searches may take longer than the estimated turnaround time of 15-20 working days.
In order to speed things up, our team are not currently taking phone calls 9am-1pm. We'll be able to answer your call 2-5pm. If you're not able to speak to us, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
If you're buying or carrying out transactions on a piece of land (or house) in Hackney, we can investigate whether there are any legal restrictions which may affect the property, and will bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search.
On 1 April, a VAT charge of 20% was introduced in addition to search fees.
LLC1 (Register) searches will not be subject to the VAT charges. Please refer to the table below to see the associated new charges:
Schedule of fees from 1 April
Schedule of fees for official local land charges searches from 1 April 2017
LLC1 - All Parts
LLCI and CON29R
Duplicate of search result
Personal search fees
CON29R extra parcels
CON29O extra parcels
Information on charges
We collect information from various departments in the Council and provide information of charges held on all properties within our jurisdiction. The information is mainly provided for purposes of conveyancing in the business of buying, selling and re-mortgaging property.
A charge refers to a burden on the land on which the property is situated. They are restrictive and/or financial and are passed onto successive owners. Among the various charges are:
- planning decisions
- enforcement notices
- planning agreements
- restrictive covenants
- tree preservation orders
- conservation areas and listed buildings notices
- dangerous structure notices
- environmental health notices
- light obstruction notices
Local land charges register
The information is held in the local land charges register. To do an inspection of the register, form LLC1 and form CON29 need to be submitted. This type of search is called an official search.
Searches are often submitted by solicitors on behalf of their clients but individuals can also submit independent applications. These can be obtained at a fee from solicitors' offices or electronically from Oyez Straker or Shaw and Sons.
Shaw and Sons:
Each application needs to have an up to date Ordnance Survey plan/map attached to it indicating precisely the extent of the land being searched.
Search applications are in three parts:
- LLC1 register
- Part 1 CON29 supplementary enquiries
- Part 2 CON29 supplementary enquiries
The most common is the combined LLC1 and Part 1 CON29 search. This is comprehensive with detailed responses to all supplementary the Part 1 CON29 enquiries. This information is only available through this type of search carried out by the local authority.
For land registry see the Land Registry.
Members of the public and search agents can conduct personal searches.
It must be stressed that on this type of search the council will not issue the applicant with an official search certificate or advise on how a personal search is conducted. All the work will be required to be done by the applicant themselves.
Following the amendment to the Local Land Charges Rules 1977, the basic personal search fee of £22.00 has been abolished.