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About local land charges

When buying a property or piece of land, your solicitor or conveyancer will submit a local land charges search which will show whether there are any legal restrictions or ‘charges’ that may affect the property or piece of land . This information is usually required by mortgage companies and is part of the legal process of buying or leasing property.

We will investigate any restrictions and will bring all of the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from different council departments including planning, building control, environmental health and housing. We also obtain information about adjoining or neighbouring roads from Essex County Council.

A local land charge

A local land charge is a restriction or prohibition on a particular parcel or parcels of land which is then binding on successive owners or occupiers of the parcel or parcels of land.

The local land charges register

The local land charges section has a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain the Local Land Charges Register.

Any charges held about a piece of land are listed in the 'local land charges register', along with other information including:

  • financial charges for drainage, demolition, grants for works and noise abatement notices
  • emergency works notices
  • conditional planning application decisions issued on or after 1 August 1977 and planning enforcement notices
  • article 4 directions, listed buildings and ancient monuments
  • planning agreements