Local land charges

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What is a local land charge?

The Council has a Statutory duty under the Local Land Charge Act 1975 to maintain an up to date and accurate Register of Local Land Charges affecting property and land in its district.

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or obligations imposed on land or property or a financial charge, which is binding on successive owners of occupiers of land or property.  These include restrictions such as Tree Preservation Order, Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, Legal Agreements and conditions imposed on Planning permissions.  Details of any charges that are registered to land and property are listed in the District Council’s Local Land Charge Register.  Our register is held on a dedicated computer system.

A Local Land Charge search is necessary when a parcel of land or property is being purchased, leased or valued.  

Why ask North Kesteven District Council to perform a Local Authority Search

The North Kesteven District Council Local Land Charge Section carries out all Official Searches covered by our district, and we guarantee complete and comprehensive replies to the Official LLC1 Certificate of Search Form and CON29 enquiries signed by the North Kesteven District Council “Proper Officer”.   There is also an optional form called a CON29O (Optional) which contains a list of 19 different subjects each with its own range of questions which you may wish to have answered.  There is a fee for each question, details of the present fees are available on the Fees and charges page.

The Official Searches are carried out by a team of experienced and dedicated staff and backed up by an extensive knowledge bank of staff who specialise in the aspects covered by the search enquiries, such as Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Highways and Legal Notices. 

North Kesteven District Council will respond only to a follow-up enquiry arising from an Official search. Any follow-up queries from search reports provided by other search providers must be referred back to the provider.

Benefits of ordering a search from North Kesteven District Council

The official searches are accepted by all Mortgage lenders. 

We have an easy to use one page request form which you can download and email to land_charges@n-kesteven.gov.uk which features a receipt facility so you know when the order has been received at the Council offices.

Our fees are competitive in an increasingly cost aware market.

Our planning history is available online where you can find planning decision notices and download free of charge. If you can’t find what you are looking contact the Land Charge or Planning Services section for help

North Kesteven District Council has a local performance level target of 5 working days and our turnaround for completing searches is within this target.  If you need a reply urgently please contact the Local Land Charge section and the staff will be more than happy to discuss what arrangements can be put in place to accommodate you.