Land Searches

A Local Land Charge is a restriction on a property or piece of land which may limit its use, detail any land designations, any listed building status or any conditional planning consents. A search of the local land charges register is very simply a way of telling whether there have been any planning decisions or other obligations attached to a piece of land or property and is usually requested when a property is about to change hands. A more general search asking enquiries of the Local Authority can also be carried out to reveal other answers to things around planning history, land designations, highways maintenance and any outstanding notices against the property or land.

On the Isles of Scilly all searches are done in one department because we are a very small unitary council. The Council is also the water authority for the islands of St Mary's and Bryher so water and drainage searches are also carried out by ourselves.

What does a search consist of?

The legal forms of enquiry for the basic search are the LLC1 and CON29R. The LLC1 requests a search of the Local Land Charge Register to show any restrictions upon that property or land. The CON29R asks questions about past and proposed development of a property and the surrounding area. A CON29O can ask additional optional questions around things like public paths and byways, advertisements, common land etc. We also provide answers to the CON29DW (2016 edition) answering questions around water and drainage. 

How long do they take?

A search can usually be completed within 5 working days, depending on how many questions have been asked and how much information there is related to it.

Fees 2017/18

The charges are as follows:

 

2017/18

(inc VAT)

Basic Search Fee (LLC1 & CON29R) £137.30
LLC1

£6.50 (no VAT)

CON29R £130.80
CON29O - Optional Enquiries £15.90
Additional Solicitors Questions £24.00
Additional parcel of land/garage etc (CON29 only, free for LLC1) *for land directly associated with primary search property/land) £19.80
Standard Water & Drainage Enquiries (CON29DW) £59.40
 
***Please note that in line with legislation, VAT is now chargeable on all fees except for those for the LLC1.
 
See our document explaining how Payments can be made to the Council in relation to applications.
 

Requesting a Search

A request for a land search should include the following:

  • A copy of each of the appropriate forms
  • A copy of an extract from an Ordnance Survey based plan with the extent of the property clearly outlined in red (if the property is part of building i.e. a flat or shop, please indicate which floor(s) it occupies and enclose a floor plan)
  • The correct fee. See our document explaining how Payments can be made to the Council in relation to applications.

To request a land search, please e-mail it to us or post your application to the Planning Department at the address below (the search will be classed as received once payment has been confirmed). Searches can be returned in hardcopy by post or e-mailed on request (searches requested via email will be returned by the same method).

Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St. Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0LW

Tel: 01720 424350

Email: planning@scilly.gov.uk

 

Personal Searches

It is possible to visit the offices to carry out searches in person free of charge. If you wish to do so, please contact us in advance with details of the land to be searched so that we can prepare the relevant files and history for you. Charges for hard copies of documents apply as detailed below. 

 

Copy Documents

Copies of Planning Decisions and documents revealed in the Local Land Charge search are available from the Planning Department. Fees for hard copies are in line with the Councils photocopying charges or they are available free of charge in an electronic format.

 

Electronic Submission

Searches are accepted through NLIS online although we currently only return searches via hard copy. We also accept searches submitted via TM Property Searches