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Local Authority

A Local Authority search is a search of the relevant Local Authority's records for a particular property.

It is an essential part of any conveyancing transaction and its results can influence the decision on whether or not a property is suitable for purchase. It is our most popular conveyancing search and we like to believe that we are one of the foremost local authority search providers currently operating in England and Wales.

The enquiries are made up of planning history, the Land Charges Register, the Highways register, Building Control and the Local Plan. There are a total of 13 subject areas which get covered. These include things such as:

  • The Local Land Charges Register
  • Planning and Building Regulations
  • Roads (footways and footpaths) and Nearby Road Schemes
  • Railway schemes
  • Traffic Schemes
  • Notices, Orders, Directions and Proceedings under Planning Acts
  • Conservation Areas
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Radon

There are two different types of Local Authority Searches, Personal or Official. The Official Search is conducted by the staff employed at the Local Authority. The Personal Search is one carried out by our highly skilled Agents who visit the Local Authority and examine the records. Our Personal Searches are both PCCB and CoPSO compliant*, covered by our £10m insurance policy and also come with our Specialist Search Insurance policy.

An Official Search comprises two separate parts, the LLC1 (the Official Certificate of Search Form) and the CON29 (Enquiries of the Local Authority Form), our personal searches are also presented in this format.

We offer both Personal and Official Local Authority Searches although we would always recommend the Personal search as they both contain EXACTLY the same information however we tend to find that in the majority of cases we can complete the search in a quicker time and for much less cost than the Official.

Please note that CoPSO have recently announced that Personal Searches will soon be refered to as Regulated Searches and Official Searches will soon be referred to as Council Searches.

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