Pendle joins Local Land Charges Register

15 Nov 2021 02:35 PM

Council is the latest to join growing number of local authorities transferring their local land charges data to HM Land Registry.

As of yesterday (Monday 15 November), anyone requiring local land charges (LLC) searches in the local authority area of Pendle Borough Council will need to get them from HM Land Registry rather than going directly to the council.

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, Leader of Pendle Council, yesterday said:

We’re really pleased to have partnered with HM Land Registry to migrate our LLC data onto its central, digital register. It will help make the property buying and selling process quicker and easier, greatly benefiting residents and businesses in Pendle.

Mark Kelso, Programme Director for HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges Programme, yesterday said:

We continue to work hard with local authorities across England and Wales to ensure property buyers can obtain the information they need quickly, allowing informed property buying decisions. This is making the conveyancing process quicker and simpler for everyone.

I’m really pleased that Pendle Borough Council is the latest local authority to join the register, giving its property customers instant, easy access to HM Land Registry’s award-winning digital LLC Register.

Local land charges searches are normally required in the property-buying process. Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of the property such as planning permissions or listed building status. The local land charges search will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge which then informs a buyer’s decision to buy a property or parcel of land.

HM Land Registry is working in partnership with local authorities to migrate their local land charges data to a central, digital register as part of a phased approach. Once migrated, anyone will be able to get instant online search results via GOV.UK using the Search for Local Land Charges service.

HM Land Registry’s business customers can use their existing portal and Business Gateway channels or their usual search providers to access local land charges data for those local authorities which have migrated.

Customers will need to continue to submit CON29 enquiries to the local authority.

For more information, read about the Local Land Charges Programme.