Guidance

HM Land Registry: Local Land Charges Programme

We are working with local authorities to create a national local land charges service that will speed up searches and reduce their cost.

Applies to England and Wales

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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. The local land charges search will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge if that charge has been registered. The property will be subject to it regardless of whether it is registered or not. Other searches will need to be conducted to determine whether a property has an obligation on it.

Responsibility for the 314 registers held by English local authorities will be transferred to HM Land Registry under the Infrastructure Act 2015. This guidance includes information about our consultation on the draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017 and about local authorities’ preparation for the migration of their data.

Search for local land charges

Use our service Search for Local Land Charges to search for restrictions (local land charges) on land or property.

You can find out about Local Land Charges fees and details about the service in our local land charges guide.

Published 1 March 2018
Last updated 19 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 16 January 2023 and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council will join on 23 January 2023.

  2. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 26 January 2023.

  3. City of Wolverhampton Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 18 January 2023.

  4. Malvern Hills District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 12 January 2023.

  5. Rutland County Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 12 December 2022.

  6. East Cambridgeshire District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 5 December 2022.

  7. London Borough of Wandsworth will join the Local Land Charges Register on 15 November 2022.

  8. Richmondshire District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 27 October 2022.

  9. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 12 October 2022.

  10. Fenland District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 6 September 2022 and has been added to the list of local authorities. We have also clarified that HM Land Registry rather than the Welsh Government will now make burdens payments to Welsh local authorities.

  11. Cheltenham Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 1 September 2022.

  12. London Borough of Enfield will join the Local Land Charges Register on 15 August 2022.

  13. South Staffordshire Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 11 August 2022.

  14. We have updated our list of originating authoritiies.

  15. North West Leicestershire District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 27 July 2022.

  16. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 26 July 2022.

  17. West Suffolk Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 21 July 2022.

  18. Bury Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 14 July 2022.

  19. South Norfolk District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 22 June 2022.

  20. Update to the New burdens information page.

  21. Harborough District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 29 April 2022 and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council will join on 2 May 2022.

  22. Portsmouth City Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 28 April 2022.

  23. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 25 April 2022 and Isle of Wight Council will join on 27 April 2022.

  24. City and County of Swansea Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 27 April 2022.

  25. City of Lincoln Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 20 April 2022.

  26. Mid Sussex District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 21 March 2022.

  27. Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council will join the Local Land Charges Programme on 20 January 2022.

  28. Plymouth City Council will join the Local Land Charges Programme on 7 January 2022.

  29. Sutton Council will join the Local Land Charges Programme on 7 January 2022.

  30. North Kesteven District Council will join the Local Land Charges Programme on 16 December 2021.

  31. Haringey Council will join the Local Land Charges Programme on 20 December 2021.

  32. Scarborough Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 29 November 2021.

  33. Pendle Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 15 November 2021.

  34. Hambleton District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 28 October 2021.

  35. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 28 October 2021.

  36. Newark and Sherwood District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 26 October 2021.

  37. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 18 October 2021.

  38. Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 13 October 2021.

  39. We have added Arcus Global to the list of our programme partners.

  40. We have added Cyient Europe and Landmark Information Group to the list of our programme partners.

  41. We have amended the date Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is joining the Local Land Charges Register from 21 July 2021 to 19 July 2021.

  42. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 21 July 2021.

  43. Added a link to the Local Land Charges Migration Hub from the Local Land Charges Programme page.

  44. Welsh local authorities can transfer their Local Land Charges (LLC) services to HM Land Registry’s national register from 1 April 2021.

  45. Sevenoaks District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 28 April 2021.

  46. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 26 May 2021.

  47. Stratford-on-Avon District Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 10 May 2021.

  48. Spelthorne Borough Council will join the Local Land Charges Register on 23 April 2021.

  49. Added Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to the list of local authorities that have joined the Local Land Charges Register.

  50. Replaced TerraQuest with Northgate in the list of our programme partners.

  51. Kainos has been removed from the 'Our partners' section of the 'Local Land Charges Programme' document.

  52. Milton Keynes Council added to the list of local authorities transferring their data.

  53. Added East Lindsesy District Council to the list of local authorities with a transfer date for their local land charges data.

  54. Carlisle City Council added to the list of local authorities with a transfer date for their local land charges data.

  55. We have added new information about live service burdens.

  56. Watford Borough Council added to the list of local authorities with a transfer date for their local land charges data.

  57. Peterborough City Council added to the list of local authorities with a transfer date for their local land charges data.

  58. We've added a video about how the Data Analysis Dashboard tool works to the Local Land Charges Programme guide.

  59. Lambeth Council added to the local authorities list on local land charges programme.

  60. We added a section headed Data preparation about our free Data Analysis Dashboard tool for local authorities.

  61. Searching for local land charges video added to Local Land Charges Programme guidance.

  62. Notice was served to Norwich on 24 June to transfer on 11 July 2019.

  63. Local authority table updated to show the local authorities that have transferred their local land charges data to HM Land Registry’s digital service.

  64. Conditions of use document added.

  65. Video guide added to the Local Land Charges Programme document. Following local authority reorganisations on 1 April 2019, there are now 316 local authorities in England rather than 326.

  66. Local Land Charges data transfer date for the Council of the Isles of Scilly - 17 January 2019 - added.

  67. Added Accounting Officer Memorandum document

  68. Local Land Charges data transfer date for Blackpool Council - 20 November 2018 - added.

  69. Information about the new burdens added and partners list updated.

  70. Local Land Charges data transfer date for City of London Corporation - 8 October 2018 - added.

  71. Ten local authorities added to the list of local authorities that will transfer their local land charges data to HM Land Registry.

  72. Local Land Charges data transfer date for Liverpool City Council - 3 September 2018 - added.

  73. We have amended our information in the Local Land Charges Programme document to clarify what the new Local Land Charges service will provide.

  74. Links to our Local Land Charges practice guide (PG79) and to our Local Land Charges fees guide added.

  75. Transfer date for Warwick District Council - 11 July 2018 - added.

  76. We’ve added a list of the features of the new Local Land Charges (LLC) official search, named the local authorities who will be migrating their LLC data over to HM Land Registry over the summer and added a video which provides an overview of the new LLC service that HM Land Registry will be providing.

  77. First published.