Local land charges are financial charges or restrictions/prohibitions on a piece of land which is binding on successive owners or occupiers.
The common types of local land charges include:
- conditions imposed in a planning permission
- conservation areas made after 1974
- Article 4 directions
- light obstruction notices
- listed buildings
- smoke control orders
Anyone buying or remortgaging a property or land will need to complete a local land charges search. The Local Land Charges department will provide information to your solicitor or conveyancer as part of the sales process.
Searches are currently being returned within 8-10 working days from acceptance.
Questions about land ownership or property boundaries are answered by the Land Registry. You can find out more about Land Registry Charges on gov.uk.