A Local Authority Search is usually carried out when land or property is bought or leased. It can be applied for by anyone but it is normally done by solicitors or conveyancers. Some applications are submitted to the local authority through third parties, e.g. property search companies or online search providers.
There are various ways to search the Local Land Charges register and request CON 29 Enquiries. A standard official search is in two parts LLC1 and CON 29. Forms are available in paper and electronic format from law stationers.
This consists of a search of the Land Charges Register. It reveals if there are any outstanding charges such as financial ones where money is owed to the council when work has been carried out on the property or land.
Other charges include tree preservation orders, renovation grants, conservation and listed buildings, road agreements, conditional planning applications and enforcement notices.
Form CON 29
This is a questionnaire and the information comes from various council departments. It contains Part 1 standard questions revealing any:
road proposals or schemes
compulsory purchase orders
building regulations or planning applications and formal/informal notices.
Form CON 29O Optional
Part 2 of the Form CON 29 includes optional enquiries that may be requested at the discretion of the applicant such as public paths, noise abatement orders and pollution notices.
You can request replies to specific CON 29 questions using our Local Land Charges Search Request Form and payment of the appropriate fee. The fees for Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council are can be downloaded below.
A Personal Search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges register that you conduct yourself. It is your responsibility to identify the land/property and to take note of any information held in the register.
At Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council we currently offer different ways to conduct a Personal Search, there is no fee for either of these searches.
Eastbourne Borough Council
For searches within Eastbourne Borough, we offer a free online search facility
Lewes District Council
For searches within Lewes District you need to inspect the register in person at our Southover House Office. Please contact us to make an appointment for a personal search. Appointments are available between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Some of the CON 29 information is available for free by personal inspection of statutory registers or public records.