Local Land Charges

The Local Land Charges Department undertakes local searches on a property or land which you may be thinking of buying as well as on surrounding areas. These are usually requested by a solicitor who can explain the results to you.

Information is provided about matters which may affect the property for example planning applications, enforcement notices, building regulations, whether the property is in a conservation area or whether there are any major developments planned.

Our contact information

Opening hours8.45 to 5pm Monday to Thursday
8.45 to 4.45pm on Friday
Personal searchesBy appointment only - 10am to 12noon and 2-4pm daily
Telephone01784 446483 or 446485
emailland.charges@spelthorne.gov.uk
AddressCouncil Offices
Knowle Green
Staines-upon-Thames
TW18 1XB

For Land Registry enquiries please contact them directly either by email at landcharges.customerteam@landregistry.gov.uk or by calling 0300 006 0411.

How much will it cost?

All cheques should be made payable to 'Spelthorne Borough Council'. Please note that client or individual cheques cannot be accepted. You can also pay by Credit or Debit card. Please email the paperwork for the search to land.charges@spelthorne.gov.uk - we will then check the search and call to take payment. We are now able to return Searches electronically via either the NLIS Hub (National Land Information Service), or TM Group.

An * denotes that the fee is inclusive of VAT

 CostReply period
LLC1 Form - Certificate only£223 - 5 working days
CON 29 Form 'R' - Standard enquiries£1803 - 5 working days
Surrey County Council's fee£423 - 5 working days

Therefore the whole search fee is

£244 *

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LLC1 only Search Additional Parcel£15.403 - 5 working days
LLC1 & CON 29 Additional Parcel *£18.483 - 5 working days
Each CON 29 'O' optional enquiry *£183 - 5 working days
Solicitors own additional enquiry *£243 - 5 working days
*All items marked * are inclusive of VAT

Copying charges

Each agreement etc. first sheet *

£3.48

By arrangement

Each subsequent sheet*£0.90By arrangement
Copy of duplicate search*£8.64By arrangement
Copy of TPO *£18By arrangement

Enquiries

Replies to written enquiries relating to searches

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within 10 working days

Replies to general telephone enquiries relating to searches-Immediately

Our payment system provides a VAT receipt which will be emailed to you at the time of payment.

What forms do I need to complete?

Please be advised that once a search has been accepted for processing, regretfully, it cannot be cancelled. Two sets of forms make up the search - LLC1 and CON29.

When applying for a search, please ensure the following is sent:

  • the LLC1 and CON29 forms if you require answers to both, in duplicate if via the post;
  • the correct fee - this Authority does not accept personal cheques. All cheques should be make payable to the Spelthorne Borough Council and cannot be post dated;
  • a clear address indicating the property being searched and a Land Registry filed plan outlining the property in red

The LLC1 deals with information from the Local Land Charges register. The register contains important information about the property, which might affect what you can do with it currently or in the future, and you need to be aware of this before you buy. Significant information such as:

  • financial charges (registered against the property by the Local Authority);
  • planning agreements;
  • tree preservation orders;
  • enforcement notices;
  • conditional planning consents;
  • improvement grants;
  • smoke control orders;
  • buildings of special architectural and historic interest

The CON29 deals with supplementary information held by the Local Authority. The information is very comprehensive and provides essential answers about the property, such as:

  • Is there going to be a major highway running through the property?
  • Is the road in front of the property maintained at public expense or will you have to maintain it?
  • Is there a contravention in relation to a building Regulation affecting the property?

There are 64 replies to standard questions given in CON29 form R. There are also optional enquiries (CON29 form O) should you require more information. The Commons Registration Searches question is now part of the CON290 form sent to Local Land Charges department initially and answered by Surrey County Council.

Personal searches

Information contained within the attached document can  be obtained free of charge under EIR regulations. If you wish to view this information under EIR please contact the departments direct.

For Planning contact:planning.development.control@spelthorne.gov.uk
For Building Regulations contact:building.control@spelthorne.gov.uk
For Environmental Health contact:environmental.health.domestic@spelthorne.gov.uk

pdf icon Access and Fee information for Personal Searchers - CON29R [138kb]

Who else may I need to contact?

  • Transco, Slough Distribution, Uxbridge Road, Slough, Berks. SL2 5NA
  • Thames Water Property Insight, PO Box 3189, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 4WWDX 151280 Slough 13
  • British Pipeline Agency, Lord Alexandra House, Water House Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1EJ
  • Esso Engineering Group, Supply and Distribution, Hive Terminal, Hardley, Southampton, SO45 6NL