Local land charges search

A local land charges search lets you search the local land charges (LLC) register and get information held by various departments of the council.

We keep a register of information on the majority of properties in Bristol.  The register includes information about:
  • conservation areas
  • smoke control zones
  • conditional planning permissions
  • tree preservation orders
  • financial charges

Your solicitor would usually arrange a search when you buy a property or piece of land.

There are two different types of search:
 
  • a full official local authority search (LLC1 and CON29)
  • a personal search

Full local authority search

A full local authority search shows information in the register and extra information relevant to the property.
 
The official search has two parts:
 

LLC1 (Official Certificate of Search form)

This covers registrable charges, like:
  • conditional planning consents
  • grants
  • tree preservation orders
  • planning agreements
  • listed buildings and 
  • some enforcement issues

CON29 (Enquiries of Local Authorities form)

This covers issues that aren’t registrable, like:

  • planning history
  • road schemes
  • radon affected areas and 
  • various notices which affect the property

How to get a full search

Send your request by email to landcharges@bristol.gov.uk and attach one location plan.  If optional enquiries are required, please specify question numbers.   There is no need to send any forms.

Due to HMRC’s recent directive, VAT is now to be included on CON29 searches and optional enquiries. LLC1 is exempt.

You must clearly mark fees to be paid at the start of all your emailed search requests so we can calculate the VAT. Otherwise, your request will be delayed.

Changes to how you pay

From Sunday 1 July 2018 we'll only accept payment by Bankers Automated Credit (BACS) or Bank Transfer (BT) for local authority search requests. We wont invoice for payments after this date.

You'll need to make sure you send us confirmation of payment with your search request to landcharges@bristol.gov.uk We can't process any requests without proof of payment.

We'll supply you with a VAT receipt when you receive your search results.

Cost

  • residential: £100 by email
  • commercial £140 by email

See local land charges costs for more information and how to pay.

Personal search

The LLC Register (LLC Report)  is now available to view in an electronic format. 

The report is held on the highway pcs in the Reception area of Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN.

For full planning history please see the online planning register.

Under Rule 7,  if an entry has been made in another statutory register, then it doesn’t have to be duplicated on the local land charges register.

Agents and members of the public are able to make their own notes from these records, free of charge.

How to carry out a personal search

There is no need to book an appointment. 

The LLC Report can be viewed anytime during normal office hours. 

A screenshot guide is available for use on site.  The pcs are unmanned so if you encounter any problems, please contact LLC on:

Tel: 0117 922 3506

Tel: 0117 922 3967

Cost

  • a personal search is free
  • an assisted personal search costs £22

For purposes of making payment for  Assisted Personal Searches, please either:

Post a cheque and list of addresses to:

Local Land Charges (CH 3PS)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3176
Bristol
BS3 9FS

Or

Put a  cheque and list of addresses in a sealed envelope marked:    ‘Internal Mail: Local Land Charges, City Hall, 3PS’ and leave with a member of the reception staff at B Bond, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN, to be placed in the internal mail system.

Completed searches will be mailed back to Create Reception for collection from pigeon hole.

Common land and village greens search

How to apply for a common land and village greens search

Send your request by email to landcharges@bristol.gov.uk.

Cost

£14

See local land charges fees for more information and how to pay.

View maps

You can view maps free of charge during normal office hours.  Call 0117 922 3506 to make an appointment (two days before you plan to visit).

See Common land and town and village greens for more information.

Water search

Wessex Water deal with all drainage enquiries for the Bristol Area.  Call 0122 552 6206.

Mining search

The Coal Authority deals with all mining enquiries for the Bristol Area.  Call 0845 762 6848.

Contact information

Local Land Charges (CH)

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

By DX

DX78 27 BRISTOL 1 (Local Land Charges – City Hall, College Green)

Email: landcharges@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3967