Local Land Charges Searches

The Local Land Charges Service is available for those purchasing property and land within the Malvern Hills district boundary.

The purpose of the service is to disclose to the prospective purchaser information which may affect a particular property or plot of land.

The Land Charges team maintain a register which is updated daily in order to provide answers to search requests, using information obtained from the relevant parts of the council such as Planning, Environmental Services and Highways.

The Local Land Search is in two parts:

The first part is called the LLC1 which is the legal document relating to all the registerable charges;

For example, financial charges (registered against a property/properties or land by the authority), improvement/renovation grants, tree preservation orders, conservation areas, enforcement notices, smoke control and noise abatement orders and planning applications which have been approved, with conditions, as from 1 August 1977.

The second part known as the CON29R is a standard form of enquiries relating to planning, highways, and environmental history, which may affect the property/land.

There is also a CON29O which contains optional additional questions but these require an additional fee and only need to be requested if you or your solicitor thinks it necessary.

They include footpaths, highway and pipeline questions, to name a few.

Additional written enquiries can also be requested at the same time as the search application but these also require an additional fee.

If a request for an additional written enquiry is received following the return of the search this will incur a larger fee.

Information provided in response to a search with enquiries, which is part of the conveyancing procedure, is set down in legislation and in standard questions agreed between the Law Society and Local Government organisations.

Submission of Searches

Both the LLCl and CON29, which are obtainable online, should be submitted at the same time, if answers to both are required.

You can submit searches in two different ways:

Electronically

Option 1:  We are connected to NLIS Level 3 (this is when your search application is transmitted electronically directly into our searches system).

You can carry out your search electronically via the web using the National Land Information System (NLIS) Hub.

You will also save on paper, cost and time.

Details of the search fees are available when you register with the NLIS Hub.

Option 2:  Searches can also be submitted electronically, via the Web through TM Search Choice.

Option 3:  Searches can be submitted directly to us via e-mail.

 We are unable to accept payment on-line at this time but there are two options available for payment; BACS or debit/ credit card:

BACS Payments: For regular customers we are able to accept payment via BACS. If you wish to pay by BACS please email land.charges@malvernhills.gov.uk to confirm how long you have been a client of MHDC and approximately how many searches you submit to us a month and your request will be put forward for consideration.

Debit/Credit Card Payments: To make payment by debit/credit card (the card holder would need to be present) please ring 01684 862151 and advise that you wish to make payment to Malvern Hills District Council, for a local land charges search. Once payment has been made please forward a copy of your payment confirmation e-mail (if obtained), or confirmation of your payment date, amount paid & receipt number, along with the following paperwork, in PDF format, to land.charges@malvernhills.gov.uk

  1. Only one copy is required of all forms for which a response is sought (i.e LLC1 and/or CON29R and/or CON29O), the LLC1 Duplicate for is not required
  2. One readable location plan, based on Ordnance Survey maps, clearly showing the boundary of the property/land to be searched against outlined in red
  3. An accurate full postal address, including postcode, of the property to be searched against should be provided

By Post

Forms which are sent through the post should include the following:

  1. Only one copy is required of all forms for which a response is sought (i.e LLC1 and/or CON29R and/or CON29O)
  2. The correct fee in the form of a cheque made payable to Malvern Hills District Council
  3. An accurate full postal address, including postcode, of the property to be searched against
  4. One readable location plan, based on Ordnance Survey maps, clearly showing the boundary of the property/land to be searched against outlined in red
  5. Wherever possible we will endeavour to return searches via e-mail. So please provide a valid e-mail address (that will accept attachments) along with name of the organisation or individual in the 'Name and address to which certificate is to be sent' field on the Form LLC1 and/or in Box D on the CON29R

Postal Searches should be sent to:

Local Land Charges
Malvern Hills District Council
The Council House
Avenue Road
Malvern
WR14 3AF

We aim to turnaround searches within 5-10 working days, from receipt to dispatch, however at busy times it can take longer.

If no e-mail address can be found, paper searches will be returned by Second Class Mail.

Information for Personal Searches