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Local land charges applications and fees

When buying a property it is important to carry out a local land charges search to find any information that may affect the property.

A local land search will give details of:

  • any plans to build new roads nearby
  • adopted roads or footpaths next to the property
  • full planning history
  • local plan designation
  • building regulations
  • any tree preservation order or listed buildings or conservation areas
  • any enforcement notices

For an extra fee you can also ask for information about any public rights of way and details of any planning next to the property

Searches are usually carried out by a solicitor, although some people do it on their own. If you are carrying out your own search you need to complete and return forms LLC1 and CON29 (in duplicate) together with two sets of location plans and the correct fee.

VAT is charged on all CON29 searches.

Following a long period of consideration by HMRC, it has been confirmed that Local Land Charges Authorities must now charge VAT (currently 20%) on all CON29 searches that are issued from 1 February 2017. This means that the fee accompanying a CON29 search request that is received on or after 1 February 2017 must contain the correct amount of VAT. The table in the downloads section shows the relevant VAT amount against the category of search. Those requests where the fee is incorrect or missing will be returned.

Where to send your search

All searches should be submitted to:

South Gloucestershire Council,
Chief Executive and Corporate Resources Department ,
PO Box 1953,
Local Land Charges,
BS37 0DB

  • DX 47257 Yate
  • Tel: 01454 863060

Drainage searches

Wessex Water looks after drainage searches. If you want to search their records, please contact their searches section directly on 01225 526206 or email:

Personal searches

Personal searches are carried out by appointment between the hours of 10-12 and 2-4. All personal searches are managed at the Badminton Road offices in Yate, however the planning departments will remain the same. A limit on the number of personal searches may be necessary to avoid any disruption in our main service area but we will review this procedure periodically. Should you be unable to attend our offices on the day of the appointment, we will hold your personal search information for a further two working days.

CON29R information

CON29R information is now available from the local land charges section. The planning register is available on the web site and at the One Stop Shop in Thornbury as well as other statutory registers. The publicly adopted highways and public rights of way are available from highways searches at Broad Lane, Yate.

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