Local land charges

    Please note: Our Local Land Charges team is unable to accept searches via post at present. Please send requests by email to: llc@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. Our current turnaround time is 12 working days.

    Our Local Land Charge team are responsible for maintaining and providing access to the statutory register. This register holds information against properties that fall within the definition of a local land charge and its purpose is to provide a common public place where any restrictions or prohibitions on land or properties in the borough can be recorded.

    Where to find help

    Who uses our service

    Most commonly we are contacted by conveyancers/solicitors who carry out the search on behalf of their client. They are acting on behalf of the public who are buying, selling or remortgaging their home. It is possible to complete a local authority search as a member of the public but requesting an official local authority search from your solicitor will provide you with the same document.

    Please be aware that some conveyancers/solicitors use third party companies to carry out searches on their behalf. These companies do not always request official local authority searches from the council. The insurance for this type of document then differs and the council can not be held responsible for the answers they provide or the time it takes to complete the search.

    Types of searches we provide

    The most commonly requested search from ourselves is an official local authority search (LLC1 and Con29R Forms). The cost of these are:

    • £90 for a residential property
    • £115 for a commercial property

    We do provide other types of searches which can be chosen from, depending on what it is you want from the search. For example, you can just search the LLC Register using an LLC1 form. For a full list of options please see our search applications page.

    Local land charges cost statement issued under section nine of the Local Authorities (England) (charges for property searches) regulations 2008

    Local authority property searches unit charges in relation to request for access to property records.

    The following statements are published by Cheshire West and Chester Council in line with regulation nine of the Local Authorities (England) (charges for property searches) regulations 2008 (SI No.3248)(2008).