When buying, leasing or re-mortgaging a property or piece of land, your solicitor will submit a local land charges search which will show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.

The council will investigate any restrictions and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. This will include charges for services such as roads, restrictions such as tree preservation orders and conditions imposed on planning permissions, legal agreements and listed buildings.

North Devon Council's search is the only official local land charge search. The search is backed up by insurance, which does not expire at any time.

Types of searches

Full and part searches

The majority of searches we receive are LLC1 and CON29R searches submitted together. You can also do these searches separately or request parts of the CON29R form. CON29 optional questions can be submitted with the other forms or by itself.

LLC1 form

This consists of a search of the Land Charges Register and reveals any outstanding charges against the property or land.

CON29R form

This includes information from a number of council services and includes planning applications and building regulations on the property or land, if the roadway is maintained at public expense, any nearby road or traffic schemes, any decision to compulsory purchase the property, whether the property falls within contaminated or radon gas areas. All of the information required to complete CON29R is available from the council. You can request all of the questions or part of them.

CON290 form

This consists of a number of other optional enquiries:

  • road proposals by private bodies
  • public paths or byways advertisements
  • completion notices
  • parks and countryside
  • pipelines
  • houses in multiple occupation
  • noise abatement
  • urban development areas
  • enterprise zones
  • inner urban improvement areas
  • food safety
  • simplified planning zones
  • land maintenance notices
  • mineral consultation areas
  • hazardous substance consents
  • environmental and pollution notices
  • food safety notices
  • hedgerow notices
  • registered common land and town or village green

The CON29 forms are subject to the copyright of the Law Society

Personal searches

Instead of the council undertaking an LLC1 search on your behalf, you can request a personal search of the Local Land Charges Register. There is no charge for this service but you must book an appointment with the council's Local Land Charges team, giving at least 48 hours notice. You must also send the team a plan showing the property to be searched outlined in red, so that the information can be made ready for your appointment. Appointments are available from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. You interpret the information provided yourself. Alternatively we can do the search for you and email the result for £10.