Local Land Charges Search ... bite size
The Local Land Charges Act 1975, s.3 requires local authorities to keep a local land charges register.
The responsibility for the local land charges register will eventually pass to the Land Registry as a result of the introduction of the Infrastructure Act 2015.
The local land charges register is divided into 12 parts:
- General financial charges
- Specific financial charges
- Planning charges
- Miscellaneous prohibitions and charges
- Charges for improvement of ways over fenland
- Land compensation charges
- New town charges
- Civil aviation charges
- Open-cast coal mining charges
- Listed building charges
- Light obstruction notices
- Land drainage scheme charges
Charges 8 and 9 are enforceable by statutory bodies. Charge 11 is enforceable by private individuals. The rest of the charges are enforceable by the local authority.
Matters which are typically revealed by a search of the local land charges register include:
- financial charges (e.g. for the adoption of estate roads)
- tree preservation orders
- smoke-control orders
- compulsory purchase orders
- any grants of planning permission which contain conditions
- any restrictions on permitted development (e.g. an Article 4 Direction)
- conservation area designation orders made since 31 August 1974
- Listed buildings registration.