Local authority searches

The Local Land Charges service is a statutory function within the council. It provides the information contained in a local authority search, whether it's to inform your house purchase or sale or to complete your official conveyancing searches.

The Local Land Charges team works closely with Planning, Highways, Building Control, Regulatory Services and Strategic Housing. They provide the excellent service our customers have come to expect.  With a combined experience of 70 years, and a vast knowledge of both relevant legislation and the local area, we provide a fast, accurate, reliable and fully guaranteed service.

What is a local authority search?

A local authority search is a document which is a compulsory part of the conveyancing process. 

It gives the solicitor, on behalf of the home mover, vital information on the property or land prior to completion.  This information includes charges for services such as roads, restrictions such as tree preservation orders and conditions imposed in planning permissions, conservation areas, legal agreements and listed buildings.

The local authority search is in three parts:-

LLC1 Form

The LLC1 reveals registrations held on the Local Land Charges Register.  This contains prohibitions or charges which are binding on successive owners such as tree preservation orders, enforcement notices and outstanding financial charges. 

Con29R (2016) Form

The local authority is the only body who holds all the up to date authoritative information to complete the Con29R (2016) Form in full.  It gives information about, amongst other things, planning and building regulation applications, planning designations and proposals, if a roadway is maintained by the council, any nearby traffic and road schemes, whether the council has made a decision to compulsory purchase or acquire the property and whether the property falls within a radon affected area. With the introduction of the Con29 (2016) information is now given about public footpaths, community infrastructure levy and assets of community value.

Con29O (2016) Form

The enquiries on this part of the Con29 form may be more relevant to some properties than others.  It gives information about, amongst other things,  public footpaths, gas pipelines, houses in multiple occupation, noise abatement, environmental and pollution notices and Common Land and Town and Village Greens.

How much does a local authority search cost?

In line with government recommendations and legislation from 1 April 2009, local land charges fees are set on a cost recovery basis.

Official search fees 

Search Cost
Standard search (LLC1 and Con29R) £90.80
Each additional parcel  £5.80
LLC1 £26
Each additional parcel £1
Con29R £64.80
Each additional parcel  £4.80
Con29O (each enquiry)* £9.60
Personal search £0

* Please note that we do not currently reply to optional enquiry 4.

Fees for copy documents

Document Cost
Local land charges registrations - supplied by Legal Services £30
Planning decision notices - supplied by Planning Development Control (01226) 772595 £0
Building regulation approvals and completion certificates - supplied by Building Control (01226) 772679  £12.50

National Land Information Service (NLIS)

For information regarding NLIS searches please visit the NLIS website.

How can a local authority search be obtained?

The local authority search can be requested by post, email or electronically through the National Land Information Service (NLIS).  

Email searches

If this method of search submission isn't already used, we'll set up an account for which customers will be invoiced monthly in arrears.  This will allow them to email requests using our Email LLC request form, to a dedicated inbox and have the replies emailed back in a pdf format.  To open an account the terms and conditions of payment form must be completed and returned to llcsearchrequests@barnsley.gov.uk.

Electronic searches

The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is a government-backed initiative to make all official searches available online. NLIS provides a one-stop-shop to all land and property information required in the conveyancing process, including all local authorities in England and Wales, The Coal Authority and Land Registry.

With NLIS, conveyancers and their customers can receive fast, cost-effective searches, without compromising on quality

Barnsley Council is electronically connected to NLIS which means you can both send and receive searches electronically.  Electronic processing using NLIS gives you a more reliable service and better quality information from source data providers.

The benefits of NLIS: 

  • It saves time and money in processing searches
  • It reduces search rejection rates to virtually zero
  • It has easy to use technology - all you need is an internet connection to start using it immediately
  • It is a flexible and competitive service to meet your specific needs