Land Charges

Land Charge Service current turnaround

Please note that with effect from Monday 29 March 2021, the District Council's Local Land Charges register is being transferred to HM Land Registry with the data planned to ‘Go Live' on Monday 10 May 2021. From the latter date you will be able to access this service to obtain information regarding Local Land Charges held on the register for the property extent against which you are searching.

For clarification purposes, the Con29 will remain with the District Council and all requests should therefore be forwarded to the Local Land Charges Team as at present.

In view of the ‘Go Live' date and to ensure that all LLC1 and Personal Searches registered with the Council are completed and returned before that date*, with effect from the close of business on Monday 12 April 2021, the Council will no longer accept LLC1 and Personal Search applications. Any applications received before 17.15 hours on that date will be accepted subject to any queries (fee negotiations, additional plans etc) being resolved by close, 17.00 hours, on Friday 16 April 2021. Searches still on query after that time, will be rejected and returned.

*Subject to matters beyond the direct control of the Council.

Please note the Council will provide an update in May with regard to its processes in view of the stamp duty deadlines at the end of June and September respectively.

With regard to any additional information requirements associated with the results from an Official or Personal Search, please visit the Council's website. If your request relates to a highway matter please refer to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/directory-record/1198/highway-searches

Building Control Application Search

Building Control Update – As of Friday 5th February 2021 Building Control have now provided a search engine for Building Control applications dating back to 2000. This search allows the customer to find any Building Regulation application submission and, where appropriate, decision dates, decision types and completion dates.

You can find the building control application search here

In addition to this information we also provide details of competent persons scheme (CPS) installations carried out on individual properties when submitted to us by the relevant organisations. Please note that CPS information is provided to us by a third party and if there are any issues with information that is or is not revealed please refer back to the relevant organisations. Competent Persons Register

Environmental Regulation Information (EIR) Search

(otherwise referred to as a Personal or Regulated Search) of the Local Land Charges Register (LLCR).

A personal search agent instructed by you or your conveyancer often makes these requests and the Council does not receive a fee for this. Search agents may also collect replies on other land and property data via EIR from across other District Council and County Council Departments as part of their full response to the conveyancer's enquiries. This means the Land Charges Department cannot account for all the responses but are aiming to complete EIR searches of the LLCR within the regulated timeframe. Further information on the extent of a personal search can be found below.

The information on this page will be updated as the situation changes.


The Stratford-on-Avon District Council Land Charges team provides information about land and buildings in response to searches, so that purchasers can find out about - for example - obligations enforceable against successive owners, and also certain planning and building control issues.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has now published guidance for the general public on how to buy a home and how to sell a home. This guidance has been developed following meetings with stakeholders including the Local Land Charges Institute.

District Council Searches

A solicitor would usually request a search using standard forms LLC1 - search of Local Land Charges Register and CON29 - Enquiries of Local Authority. These can be purchased by forwarding one or both enquiries and the required fee to the council.

The search of the Local Land Charges Register (LLC1) ensures that purchasers of land and property are not caught unaware by obligations enforceable against successive owners under the terms of various statutes.

The standard enquiries search (CON29) includes details of planning matters and environmental and enforcement notices and provides information supplied by the county council on road status, road agreements, road and traffic schemes, rights of way, open access land, compulsory purchase and outstanding statutory notices. Information concerning land ownership, water and drainage, common land and village greens can also be supplied through the search process.

Requests for Environmental Information held by the Council as part of a Personal Search

A “personal search" is a request to inspect or receive copies of unrefined property-related information. Most responses to enquiries listed on the Law Society's CON29, CON29O and LLC1 form will contain environmental information, and therefore the provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) will apply, unless you ask us to provide an enhanced service.

Where you ask us to process your request for environmental information under the provisions of the EIR, we will respond to the request within 20 working days. The information provided will be unrefined data, in the sense that it will not be enhanced or interpreted by the council in any way. The response does not provide answers to the questions asked on the standard enquiry form. We do not provide anything in writing and the onus is on the person carrying out the search to ensure they discover all issues that affect the property.

All environmental information held on a public register or on a list kept by the council must be provided free of charge under the EIR. The same applies to the examination of environmental information where the council makes a place available for that purpose.

If the register or list is published on the council's website you will be able to access it using a public terminal or, where your request is sent by email, the council will send you a link so that you can view the register or list from your own computer. If the council is unable to provide examination facilities for whatever reason, the information will be provided by some other method.

Public authorities may make a reasonable charge for other categories of environmental information made available under the EIR, including environmental information provided as part of a personal search.

Requests for environmental information will be handled under charging provisions enabled under Regulation 8 of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Information will be identified, retrieved and prepared for disclosure at a rate of £25.00 per hour for staff time taken. Please email the Council's Information Governance team at foi@stratford-dc.gov.uk

When sending the request, please include the property address and a site location plan with the boundary outlined in red.

Land Charges Fees

For details of the basis for calculation of the Land Charges search fees please view:

Contact

For further information please contact the Land Charges team:

  • Email: landcharges@stratford-dc.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01789 260223
  • Fax: 01789 260860

Please also refer to the Land Registry website for more information.

Contact: the Planning Admin team

Last updated on 07/04/2021