Local authority searches

Land charges search

When buying a property or a piece of land, a local authority search should be undertaken. This is normally carried out by a solicitor, conveyancer or a legal representative - it will reveal any restrictions affecting the land or property and is binding on successive owners or occupiers.

The council will investigate any restrictions and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from various different council departments including planning, building control, environmental health and highways & transportation. 

Please note: we do not deal with drainage questions, these are dealt with by Thames Water, or enquiries concerning the ownership of property or land within Slough, which are dealt with by H.M. Land Registry.

Types of searches

There are three types of searches:

Form LLC1 

This consists of a search of the Local Land Charges Register. It reveals information on any restrictions affecting the property and its future owners - for example outstanding financial charges - where money is owed to the council.  Other charges include tree preservation orders, renovation grants, conservation and listed buildings, road agreements, conditional planning applications and enforcement notices.

Form CON29R and Form CON29O

CON29R includes standard questions about road proposals or schemes, compulsory purchase orders, enforcement actions, building regulations or planning applications and formal/informal notices.

CON29O contains optional enquiries such as public paths, noise abatement orders and pollution notices.

Most basic searches consist of both the LLC1 and the CON29R forms.

Please note: A search will only provide information on the property/land being purchased; it will not reveal information for adjacent land or property (e.g. planning proposals). Your solicitor or conveyancer would need to raise this as an additional enquiry.

Personal search

Any person may make a personal search of the local land charges register (this does not include the majority of information outlined within the Forms Con29). The Register is available for public inspection by appointment from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. At least 24 hours notice is required and appointments for up to 10 searches per day are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

How to submit a local authority search

You can make your enquiry in one of the following ways:

By post or document exchange (DX) to:

Local Land Charges Service
Slough Borough Council
St Martins Place
51 Bath Road
Slough, SL1 3UF
Or
DX Number: DX 42270 Slough West

Please enclose the following:

  • 1 copy of the plan clearly outlining the area to be searched in red. The plan should show the surrounding roads and properties
  • Form LLC1 
  • Form CON29 
  • The correct fee (see charges below)

We aim to return searches results within 3 – 5 working days.

Online:

The following are licensed National Land Information Service channels:

Searches can also be made through:

How much does a search cost?

Postal Search - our current fees

Basic search (LLC1 and CON29R) - £118
Certificate of Search (LLC1) - £30
CON29R (only) - £88
CON 29O - £12 each
Any additional Enquiry (each) - £20
Extra parcels of land (each) - £15
Extra parcels of land (each) (LLC1 only) - £5

Personal Search

Inspection of Local Land Charges Register - Free
With a copy of the Register - £1

Cheques should be made payable to Slough Borough Council and should be a solicitor’s company cheque or a personal cheque supported by a bank card.
As there are no cashier facilities on site, if payment is made in cash, this should be for the exact amount.

Contact Local Land Charges

Tel: 01753 875039
Email: landcharges@slough.gov.uk
Address: St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF
DX: 42270 SLOUGH WEST