Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, searches will take between 7-10 days to return and VAT receipts will not be currently printed.  Any VAT receipts can be supplied at a later date if required.

We can provide information about land and property to you if you are a prospective purchaser or developer in the borough.

When buying a house or land, a number of checks are usually carried out to make sure there are no problems, including a local authority search.

Your solicitor or licensed conveyancer often does this on your behalf, but you can request a search yourself if you prefer.

However, some conveyancers and solicitors use third-party companies to carry out searches on their behalf. These companies don't always request full official local authority searches from us, so the council can't be held responsible for the answers they provide or the time it takes. 

If your search was carried out by a third-party company and you need further explanations about the information provided, you will need to contact the company directly as we won't be able to help.

Types of searches

    Official LLC1

    This report provides information held in the Local Land Charges Register and can only be produced and certified by a local government authority, like the council. This can reveal any restrictions, prohibitions or financial charges on the property or area of land.

    Official CON29R

    This report includes approximately 85 enquiry sections which provide important environmental information about the property or area of land. It can reveal any building regulation information, drainage agreements, contaminated land, conservation areas, road proposals or schemes and any statutory notices against the property or area of land which may incur financial charges.

    Official CON29O

    This report includes 19 optional enquiry sections which provide further environmental information about the property or area of land.  It can reveal any noise abatement notices, road proposals by private bodies, enterprise zones, common land notices and public paths affecting the property or area of land.

    Personal searches

    A personal search is a free service which provides basic Local Land Charges Register information on a property or area of land. The search does not reveal any planning information, in accordance with Rule 7 of the Local Land Charges Rules 1977; planning information is readily and freely accessible by using the Planning Portal. In order to complete the remainder of your search you will need to access this information; you can do this via our online mapping system.

    To submit a personal search for the local land charges register please email: landcharges@warrington.gov.uk

    • Customer/Company name, telephone number and email address
    • Full address of the property or land against which you are enquiring
    • An accurate, up-to-date 1:1250 scale plan clearly showing the boundaries of the property/land in context with the surrounding area outlined in red

    We will provide information on the area identified in your plan and it is your responsibility to ensure that the identified land is correct.

    For all other EIR requests please email: FOI@warrington.gov.uk

    Please note: If a Personal Search, rather than a Local Authority Search, is used and an error is made in extracting the information provided, then the third-party search company, or their clients, would have no claim under Section 10 of the Local Land Charges Act 1975, which relates to compensation for loss.

    Making a search request

    Local authority search request

    You need to submit:

    • The appropriate search request forms (LLC1/CON29R/CON29O)
    • Two copies of an accurate, up-to-date 1:1250 scale plan (Ordnance Survey based) - clearly showing the boundaries of the property/land in context with the surrounding area outlined in red. 
    • A cheque made payable to ‘Warrington Borough Council’ covering the fees.

    The plan should clearly show an authorised copyright agreement statement. We will not accept screenshots or grabs from web based mapping programs. Failure to send a correct plan will result in the search request being suspended pending receipt of an acceptable plan.

    Please send the required documents to :

    • Local Land Charges, Warrington Borough Council, Quattro, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH; or
    • DX 17760 WARRINGTON

    Search fees

    Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

    • LLC1 - £20.00 
    • Additional Parcels (LLC1) - £1.00 each 
    • CON29R (Required) - £151.80
    • Individual CON29R questions - Download the fees [pdf]
    • CON29O (Optional) - £18.00 each
    • Additional Parcels (CON29) - £12.00 each 

    Above prices now include VAT at 20% on CON29 products, due to a change by HMRC.

    Additional rated land parcels are where there is more than one rated land or property within the stated search boundaries. For example, if you request a search for two or more properties adjacent to one another or multiple properties within one building, you'll need to pay an additional rated land parcel fee for each additional property or area of land. If your search request is found to have additional rated land parcels then we will ask you to resubmit your forms, plan and cheque. This can cause a delay, so please make sure that you check for any additional rated land parcels before you submit your search request.

    Timescales

    • LLC1/CON29R/CON29O search processing takes around 3 - 5 working days
    • Personal search processing takes around 1-2 working days

    Get in touch

    Email

    landcharges@warrington.gov.uk 

    Post

    Local Land Charges, Warrington Borough Council, East Annexe, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1UH