How we perform for our customers
For over 6 years we have provided 100% of official local authority searches to all of our customers within 5 working days*.
The average time taken to process an official local authority search is 3 working days*.
The local authority search may reveal entries which require further investigation so applicants are always advised to submit search requests well in advance of proposed completion dates.
*based on search performance between April 2010 and December 2017.
Con29 Form (from 4 July 2016)
We now use the 2016 version of the Con29 Form.
Any search requests submitted without either the 2016 Con29 Form or our updated Search Request Form will be rejected.
The amended Search Request Form and our new fees are available from the related documents section.
To obtain information from us in respect the Local Land Charges Register and the Con29 (Enquiries of the Local Authority) you can use one of the following methods:
- Official Search service – submission of official search form(s) and required fees or;
- Making a Personal Search of the Local Land Charges Register (available for public inspection, no fee payable) and/or;
- By making the request under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) (for data that would be used to answer enquires referred to in Con29 forms)
Official Search Services – fees charged
Search of the Local Land Charges Register – Form LLC1 This reveals all registrable charges e.g. financial charges, tree preservation orders, conservation area orders, smoke control and planning applications (which have been approved with conditions from 1 August 1977).
As part of the official search service all entries, including planning applications are checked to ensure that they relate to the property/site in the original search request. A list of fees is available from the related documents section.
Enquiries of the Local Authority (2016 edition) – Form Con29 – Enquiries 1-3
Enquiries 1 to 3 deal with enquiries relating to planning, highways and environmental services which may affect the property or land. Relevant information is interpreted and analysed, and the responses are checked by various teams across the council.
Optional Enquiries of the Local Authority (2016 edition) – Form Con29 - Enquiries 4-22
Enquiries 4 to 22 are charged for individually and we will only reply if the applicant places a tick in the appropriate box on the front of the form. You will need to send two copies of each form to our office with the fees.
All the above products are supplied with the assurance that relevant background information has been interpreted and analysed where necessary, and that responses have been checked by officers of this council. You will normally get your results within 2 to 3 working days.
Leeds downloadable search request form
You can submit search requests using Forms LLC1 and the Con29 through the post or email.
To make it easier to submit searches direct and reduce paperwork, we have created a Leeds City Council search request form. This is a shortened version of the LLC1 and Con29 that contains all the information we require to process a search. The form and guidance document are available from the related documents section.
Paying for searches
As of 1 February 2016 we operate an invoice system and prepayment is no longer required. Send your search request through the post or email and you will receive either a telephone call or an email confirming the fee you will be required to pay.
If you confirm to us (by phone or email) that you are happy with the fee, search processing will commence. You will then be sent an invoice within a few days. If you would monthly invoicing please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.
For search fees please see the related documents section.
With effect from 1 January 2017 we have been instructed by HMRC to collect VAT in relation to:
- Form Con29 Enquires of the Local Authority
- Form Con29O Enquires of the Local Authority
- Con29 additional parcel fees
Consequently, the council will apply VAT (at the standard 20% rate) to the aforementioned fees with effect from 00:01 on 01 January 2017. Our amended fees schedule is available from the related documents section.
The invoices that we issue will clearly detail any VAT payments and comply with HM Treasury guidelines.
Where to send an official local search request
Local Land Charges
Leeds City Council
Other Search/Information request options
Personal Search of the Local Land Charges Register – Public inspection
Any member of the public can carry out a Personal Search of the Local Land Charges Register.
No fees are payable for inspection. It is the responsibility of the individual carrying out the Personal Search to make their own notes, and you can request a copy of the results to be emailed to you at no charge.
For copy requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the search reference(s) in your request.
To carry out a Personal Search you will need to visit the following address:
City Centre One Stop Centre
2 Great George Street
(9.30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri)
For further details please see the Personal Searches document (PDF 2.4MB).
Make a request under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) (for data that would be used to answer enquires referred to in Con29 Form)
You may submit an EIR request to this authority, either in writing or verbally, stating what information you require. If submitting the request in writing please send by:
A76/Freedom of Information Requests
Property, Finance and Technology
Please note that we do not make a charge for requests under EIR (relating to Con29 data).