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Local land charges search

​​​​​​​​​​Local Land Charges carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975 guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and Con29 enquiries.

When you buy a property or a plot of land in the Borough of Rochdale, your Solicitor can apply to us to make a search. Alternatively, they can use a Personal Search Company to do this.

The Local Land Charges Register is updated and maintained regularly. Every search will disclose information we hold on a particular property or plot of land.

The register holds details of things like:

  • Planning Permissions.​
  • Smoke Control Orders.
  • Financial Charges.
  • Tree Preservation Orders.
  • Road Proposals or Schemes.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Conservation areas.
  • Improvement Grants.

There are 4 searches open to applicants:

  • LLC1 Form.
  • Con29 Form.
  • Personal Search.
  • Common Land Search.


​​From 1 January 2017, HMRC has instructed that VAT of 20% will be added to the cost of Con 29 and Con 29O searches.

SearchFee​​VATTotal cost​
Part II enquiries 4-21​£30£6​​£36
Part II enquiries ​22​ - Common land​£20£4​​£24
Additional enquiries (solicitors own)​£30£6​£36
Additional parcel of land - Con29​​£20£4​​£24
​Additional parcel of land - LLC1​£1None​​£1
Local land charges copy information​£25None​​£25
Personal SearchesFREE

If you rely on a Personal Search from a Solicitor or Personal Search Company, may we remind you that they are not covered by Section 10(3) of the Local Land Charges Act 1975 which relates to Compensation for Loss.

Making a search – duplicates not required

We have a fully computerised Local Land Charges system dealing efficiently with both postal and electronic searches.

To ensure that searches can be dealt with promptly, please ensure:

  • Fully completed forms.​
  • An accurate full postal address of the property to be searched.
  • Up to date location plan showing surrounding roads and properties.
  • Email address, we have 100% electronic return.
  • A cheque for the correct fee made payable to Rochdale Borough Council.

You can also submit applications through the National Land Information Service Hu​​b or TM Portal.

Water Search, please contact United Utilities 0845 746 2200.

Coal Mining Search, please contact The Coal Authority 0845 762 6848.

Personal search companies

There is a self-service facility at Number One Riverside. No appointments are necessary; access will be from 9am-5pm.

Information accessed can be noted, but printing will not be possible. Please make yourself known to a customer advisor who will log you on to a PC.

For any further information contact Local Land Charges using the contact details on this page..

Planning applications and building regulations approvals will also be available on the PC.

Highways, please call 01706 924590.

We are required by the Governments Code of Practice to process searches within 10 working days. Our average response time achieved and maintained is 7 working days.

Annual Statement of estimated costs – Regulation 9

By Law, we have to give reasonable advice and assistance to an applicant or prospective applicant, at a reasonable price. This information provides the basis on which we fix the fee for a Con29 search under Regulation 9 of Section 165(7) of the Housing Act 2004.

The following estimates of costs and search volumes have been used to calculate the Land Charges Fees for the Financial year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

Expenditure Original budget 2014-2015Actual budget 2014-2015
Supplies and Services2,3503,790
Legal costs028,130
GIS and other Software13,00013,000
Support Services70,91273,341
Total 125,362 160,051

Estimated income and budget from Land Charges fees for 2015-2016 Financial Year is £181,954.

Search TypeNumber of searches
Number of searches
Personal Searches1,4991,542
LLC1 1,6011,692


01706 924744

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

Land Charges
Number One Riverside
Second Floor
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU