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Birmingham City Council

Local Land Charges

Overview

Land Charges are searches of property history. They take place when a property is changing hands, usually by solicitors acting on behalf of the purchasers. Searches are submitted to us and we provide information about planning applications, building regulation applications, enforcement activity, conditions or other charges on the property or land being sold. A guide to our Land Charges service is at the bottom of the page.

Essential Information
  • To make it easier for people to submit their own searches, we have created a Quick Search Form (see below). This is a shortened version of the standard (LLC1 and Con29) forms.

    We are however, happy to receive search requests on the standard forms via Post, NLIS or email.
  • By Email:-
    land.charges@birmingham.gov.uk giving the address, telephone number, any references and a written undertaking to place a cheque for £75.00 in the post. We will return your search via email.

    By Post:
    Local Land Charges Registry
    PO Box 28
    Birmingham
    B1 1TU

    By the using the electronic data providers below:

    The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is a leader in the provision of electronic local authority property searches and offers the highest standards of electronic property search accessibility available on the market today. The NLIS hub connects solicitors and licensed conveyancers directly to land and property information held by local authorities and other official data providers.

    Severn Trent Searches are one of the leading providers of conveyancing searches in the Midlands.They provide the official CON29DW drainage and water enquiry and, working directly with Local Land Charges,are able to provide fast and efficient Local Authority searches across the Severn Trent region.

    TM Property Searches is an independent private company which has introduced competition to the electronic search market. Your solicitor can order an official search from the TM Property Searches website and it will be delivered back electronically, via the simple and intuitive website.

  • The CON29O search form includes a section for optional enquiries, for example the location of pipelines and public footpaths, and parking restrictions. Optional Enquiries may be submitted with your standard search enquiry or separately. There is an additional fee of £10.00 for each Optional Enquiry.

    The Search of the Register (Form LLC1)

    This statutory procedure reveals any planning, environmental, financial or highway restrictions (charges) on property or land. The charges are held in registers, which we maintain.

    The Register of Common Land and Town and Village Greens

    We hold records of the town and village greens in Birmingham. A search of the Register of Common Land and Town and Village Greens can be made by requesting Optional Enquiry 22 on form CON29O. The fee for this request is £10.00.

  • Planning information is now available via a new mapping system on our Planning Register page. The information includes the following and can help answer some of the planning questions on the CON29 form.

    • Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices, Breach of Condition Notices, Planning Contravention Notices

    A Personal Search of the Land Charges Register can be obtained via email from our Land Charges Team, there is no charge.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • The search fee for both residential and commercial searches is £75. Additional information may be charged for. Please see our fees page for further details.

    • We aim to reply to standard residential searches within 5 working days. Industrial premises and areas of land can take longer.

    • For a property or a site with a numbered postal address it is not essential to submit a plan with your search enquiry, but it is always advisable to submit one, to ensure accuracy. For all other property, you must submit a plan.

    • Copies of documents revealed in a search can be obtained from Local Land Charges and will usually be returned within 2 days.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
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