Practical guidance

What the Local Land Charges Registry shows you

What the Local Land Charges Registry shows you

The Local Land Charges Registry is generally of lesser interest than the Land Register and may contain nothing of interest.  However for all but the shortest leases with limited liability,  it is unwise for a buyer of any leasehold or freehold interest to omit a Local Land Charges search before acquiring an interest in or obligations regarding property.

  • The Local Land Charges Registry is useful for highlighting the existence or otherwise of  express planning permissions, but practice varies greatly between local authorities regarding how far back in time information is provided regarding planning permissions.  whether planning permissions that are not subject to conditions are noted, and the level of detail that is provided.
  • Section 106 Agreements and other agreements relating to the planning or development will also be shown.  These are not usually shown on on the Land Register and can impose very significant liabilities and restrictions with respect to the land concerned.
  • There may also be financial charges similar to mortgages relating to grant funding by local authorities under the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974.
  • Limited information is also given with regard to local highway works and intended road closures.
  • The existence of proposed major transport schemes that might affect the land in the future  may also be shown.
  • What the register does not show, however, is general information regarding proposed developments in the area.