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Local land charges search

You can search our local land charges register to find out the information we hold about a piece of land or property you'd like to buy.

We update and maintain our local land charges register. The register holds information about:

  • Planning permissions or conditions which will affect your use of the property or land.
  • Financial charges or debts which you'll become liable for if you buy the land.
  • Proposals to build new infrastructure in the surrounding areas, such as a new road or train track.
  • Trees on the property which are protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
  • Who maintains the road and footpath outside the property.
  • Whether the property is a Listed Building.
  • If the house or land is in a conservation area.

Why request a local land charge search

When you buy a property or a piece of land, it's important a local land charge search is carried out so you can find out if there are any issues affecting the land or property.

A local land charge search prevents you from buying a piece of land or property without knowing about the restrictions, charges or obligations that come with it.

Conduct a personal local land charge search

You can search our local land charge records yourself for FREE and make a note of anything you find.

  1. Visit Number One Riverside anytime between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You don't need an appointment. Find Number One Riverside.
  2. Speak to someone at reception and tell them you'd like to conduct a personal local land charge search. They'll log you on to a PC where you'll be able to access and search the local land charge register.
  3. You'll have access to the computer for as long as you need during the times listed above and you can come back as many times as you'd like. However, you can't save or print any of the information you find. You'll have to write down anything of interest.

Restrictions of a personal search

A personal search is FREE however:

  • The records you can access aren't comprehensive so you won't get all the information an official search would provide.
  • You won't be given an official report bearing our stamp which means you can't give the results to your bank, mortgage provider or other authority.
  • You'll have to locate and interpret the information yourself. We can't advise on what records you should check or what they mean.
  • You're not covered for any losses if you buy the property or land and then become liable for any charges or restrictions.

Request an official local land charge search

You can ask us to search the local land charge register for you. You'll get an official report from us which all banks and mortgage providers will accept.

If you ask us to conduct an official search and then you become liable for any charges, restrictions or obligations which didn't show on our report when they should have, you'll be compensated for your losses.

To request an official local land charge search:

  1. Your solicitor will usually request a search for you, however, you can also request a search yourself.
  2. Buy an application form for the type of search you would like to request. To do this, view the types of official searches in the section below then buy the form you need for your type of search from a reputable stationary shop.
  3. Complete the application form and email it to us.
  4. View the fees below then either:
    • Ring us within 2 working days of sending us the form using the details on this page to pay your fee by credit or debit card, or
    • Post us a cheque for the correct fee made payable to Rochdale Borough Council using the postal address on this page.
  5. We aim to email you a report listing the results of the search within 10 working days.
Email your completed form to

Types of official searches

LLC1 search

Fee: £20

An LLC1 search contains any charges, restrictions or prohibitions registered with us. Everything listed on this search will transfer to you if you buy the property or land.

CON29 search

Fee: £115 without VAT, £158 with VAT

A CON29 search contains information about road schemes, planning and building control history as well as any legal notices that may affect the property or land.

CON29 optional search

Fee: £30 without VAT, £36 with VAT

You can ask for a CON29 additional in addition to the CON29 search. This includes all the planning application proposals we've received for the property or land. It also includes any restrictions to connecting or adjacent properties and land.

Common land search

Fee: £20 without VAT, £24 with VAT

This will let you know whether the land you'd like to buy is registered as common land. Everyone has the right to access common land even if you own it. More about common land on GOV.UK.

Water search

A water report will tell you what pipes and drainage systems are in, around or under the land or property you want to buy.

You can ask United Utilities to conduct a water search for you.

Coal mining search

A coal mining search will give information about coal mining activity near the land you want to buy.

You can ask The Coal Authority to conduct a coal mine search for you.

Annual Statement of estimated costs – Regulation 9

By law, we have to give reasonable advice and assistance to an applicant or prospective applicant at a reasonable price. This information provides the basis on which we set the fee for a Con29 search under Regulation 9 of Section 165(7) of the Housing Act 2004.

The following estimates of costs and search volumes have been used to calculate the Land Charges Fees for the Financial year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

Expenditure Original budget 2014-2015Actual budget 2014-2015
Supplies and Services2,3503,790
Legal costs028,130
GIS and other Software13,00013,000
Support Services70,91273,341
Total 125,362 160,051

Estimated income and budget from Land Charges fees for 2015-2016 Financial Year is £181,954.

Search TypeNumber of searches
Number of searches
Personal Searches1,4991,542
LLC1 1,6011,692


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Land Charges
Number One Riverside
Second Floor
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU