Land and Property Searches
National Land Information Service (NLIS) is a government initiative which carries the sole mandate of providing electronic official land and property information held by all Local Authorities in England and Wales, as well as other official sources of data, including HMLR, the Coal Authority and water companies.
The NLIS Hub acts as a gateway for conveyancers to access land and property information through one of the NLIS Licensed Channels listed below. The NLIS Hub is regulated by Land Data.
For further information on how to order NLIS searches visit the website www.nlis.org.uk
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the general public on “How to buy a home” and “How to sell a home” more information can be found on www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-how-to-guides.
What is a local land charge search?
A Local Land Charge search is a very important step towards buying a new home. A local authority search is normally required in connection with the sale, purchase and/or re mortgaging of any land or property to make sure the purchaser is aware of any charges or responsibilities it may have.
The word 'charge' means any outstanding financial claims, restrictions, decisions or information which may affect a particular property or parcel of land. These include charges for such services as new roads, road improvements, tree preservation orders, conditions imposed on planning permissions, conservation areas, legal agreements and listed buildings.
The local land charges section carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries.
There are two different types of product available to you:
- The official Local Authority Search, or
- The personal search
Requesting a full local land charge search
Important - Help us to help you - In order to help us speed up the return of your land search, could you please make sure that your solicitor provides us with the following information as early as possible in the conveyance process:
- Completed copies of the LLC1 search form & Con 29 form/s to include the correct full postal address
(The Law Society holds the copyright to form Con29, which can be obtained from publishers e.g. Laser Form, Oyez, Shaw & Son in electronic & paper form)
- A detailed plan of the property in duplicate.
- Additional enquiries in duplicate.
Submitting and paying for a search
- Card - Email your search request to firstname.lastname@example.org & call our Contact Centre on 0300 126 7000 to make payment by Debit / Credit card. Your search will not be processed until both search request and payment are received.
- NLIS - online search requests. West Northants Council receive and return requests via NLIS channel SearchFlow electronically. To find out more contact NLIS SearchFlow.
Local Land Charges West Northants Council Lodge Road Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 4FP
- Cheque by Royal Mail post send your search request and payment by cheque made payable to West Northants Council to :
- Please ensure you have the correct fee before payment
Our aim is to return a search within 15 working days of receipt of the application and fee.
The volume of searches is outside the Council's control and influenced by a number of factors, including interest rates, the buoyancy of the local housing market and the local economy. Most searches are completed within 10-12 working days.
Local Land Charge Fees 2021 / 2022 (From April 1st 2021)
Your solicitor will arrange payment of the search for you, but for your information, costs from the 1st April 2021 are as follows:
| Service || Fee (Ex VAT) || VAT 20% || (Inc VAT) |
CON29R and LLC1
CON29R only (excluding LLC1)
Additional parcel CON29
Additional parcel LLC1
LLC1 only (excluding CON29)
CON29O excluding questions 4 and 22
Own worded enquires
Commercial LLC1 and CON29
Commercial CON29 only
A Personal Search Request / EIR
A personal search may be conducted by anyone but in practice these are usually conducted by private companies on behalf of their clients. Please note we are no longer operating an appointment system for Personal searches. Personal search requests should be emailed to email@example.com and must include the address and a plan of the property / land. They will be processed in order of receipt and we will email the results to you. Personal Searches are free.
Con29 Required Questions - Individual Requests
The Law Society CON29 forms changed on 4 July 2016. Due to changes in legislation, individuals can now make requests for Con29 information. Please click on the following link to obtain the Con29 Required Questions form 2021/2022 , which you will need to complete and email with your plan to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highways queries/queries (extent of public highway and adopted roads), NCC Tel. 01604 364489 or email LandSearches@kierwsp.co.uk
NCC-Section 38 agreements email email@example.com or Tel. 01604 367988
Main Types of Land Charges
Planning Permissions - A consent given by the Local Planning Authority to carry out development
Tree Preservation Orders - This Order makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or destroy a tree without the Planning Authority's consent
Conservation Areas - Areas of special architectural or historic interest. Special planning controls apply
Enforcement Notice - These relate to changes of use of land, or works which have been carried out without planning permission, or to non compliance with a planning permission
Housing Grants - Grants for works to repair or improve residential property impose conditions on rents and resale within 5 years
Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) - Areas of special interest that are protected against damage under Section 28 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
Water Company Searches
Daventry District is served by three Water Companies: Anglian, Severn Trent and Thames. A Water Company search including sewers and drainage are conducted by the below Water Companies. Please note - the water company will levy a separate charge for this service.
The parishes covered by each company are:
- Severn Trent Water
Barby, Braunston, Catesby, Clay Coton, Crick, Elkington, Hellidon, Kilsby, Lilbourne, Naseby, Staverton, Sulby, Welford, Winwick, Yelvertoft
- Thames Water
Byfield, Canons Ashby, Charwelton, Woodford Halse
- Anglian Water
Anglian Water cover the other parishes within the district that are not listed above
Local Land Charges
West Northants Council