Land searches - Frequently asked questions

What is the cost of a search?

This depends on what information is required. However the majority of our search requests are basic domestic searches (LLC1 and CON 29) and cost £157.60. For commercial searches, the cost will depend upon the area of land and we would advise you contact the office to discuss this further before submitting.

How long does a search take?

We aim to process all searches within 4 - 6 working days.

What are the differences between and Official and a Personal Search?

The most important differences are:

  • The Official search is certified by the Council; the Local Land Charges Act 1975 makes provision for compensation if anything goes wrong. the accompanying Law Society approved CON 29 questionnaire can only be completed by trained Council staff who have access to the information required.
  • Information provided includes approved schemes that have not yet been implemented such as highway schemes, parking restrictions, traffic calming measures, and Building Control or Environmental Health notices which are outstanding.
  • A Personal Search can be made by contacting the Local Land Charges Office. The search result is from the Register of Local Land Charges and does not include CON 29 information, but personal callers can inspect statutory registers such as the Planning Register and the Highways Register. The result is not certified by the Council.

We need to do a search of common land and village greens do we send this to you?

Yes, applications together with £16.80 can be sent via post or NLIS.

How do I know if a property is within the Bury boundary?

You can contact us if you are unsure of whether or not a property is within our boundaries.

Contact for Local Land Charges