Please note: the local land charges service will be closed from Thur 23 to Thur 30 March and will return Fri 31 March. This is due to the introduction of a new LLC system. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Revised fees from 1 April 2017
From 1 April there will be a 20% VAT charge on CON29 R and CON29 O services provided by the Council. LLC1 Searches will not be subject to the VAT charges. Please see the revised fees PDF below to see how this will affect you.
If you are 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.
The turnaround for official residential/commercial searches is 10-15 working days. You can also do a personal search.
Find out how to submit an application.
Schedule of fees
|Prices for individual products||£|
|LLC1 - all parts||43|
|CON29 (R) - fee excludes water and radon gas questions||87|
|LLC1 AND CON29(R)||130|
|Con29 (O) - (each, questions 4 - 21)||8|
|Extra parcel search - LLC1 and CON29(R)||41|
|Common land - question 22 of Con 29 (O)||15|
|Duplicate of search result||10|
|Expedited search (each application) - please note this service is suspended until further notice||26|
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.