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Last updated on 24 March 2021
We can provide information about land or property to you if you are a prospective purchaser or developer in the borough of St Helens.
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.
The St Helens land charges register is being transferred to HM Land Registry.
We will still continue to accept requests for CON29Rs and CON29Os after the move is completed.
This search provides information held in the Local Land Charges Register and can only be produced and certified by a local government authority. This search can reveal any restrictions, prohibitions or financial charges on the property or area of land.
This search 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.
This search 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.
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.
Enquiries for LLC1s, CON29Rs or CON29Os may be submitted using our online local land charges service.
If you have not used our online local land charges service before, you will need to register for an account.
Enquiries can also be submitted through the NLIS website.
All enquiries should be submitted together with an up-to-date plan (to scale) with the boundary edged in red.
If you wish to identify the property (and surrounding area) that is the subject of your search enquiry, please visit My Location Service.
The local land charges register is held in paper form.
Each premises 'card' identifies any registerable entry and will contain references to areas such as planning consents and tree preservation orders (TPOs).
If there are no registerable entries relating to the property, there will be no 'card' and you will be advised accordingly.
If you wish to view or obtain copies of any of the documents listed on the register (e.g. planning permissions), you should contact the appropriate council department.
Our current turnaround times are as follows:
Please note that all enquiries are dealt with in order of date received and we will return the results of the search to you as soon as possible.
If you have any specific enquiries, please email us. This is monitored throughout office hours and you will receive a reply.
Please be advised that if you require any further information from the Planning Service, for example, section 106s, TPOs or Planning Decision Notices, you will need to allow a period of 28 days for these to be processed.
|Optional check of Planning and Building Control information||£25.50||£4.25|
|Copy of CON29R search result (not updated)||£41.00||£6.83|
|Separate LLC1 enquiry||£30.60||£0|
|For each additional parcel of land in the same transaction||£23.50||£3.92|
|Optional enquiries (per question)||£35.70||£5.95|
|Additional CON29R Questions (Individual Cost)|
|1.2 Public Info (copy) UDP Full Set||£46.00||£7.67|
|2.1 A-D, 2.2||£10.00||£1.67|
|3.1 – 3.3||£10.00||£1.67|
|3.9 (A-N) Tailored Report||£20.00||£3.33|
|3.10 (A-H) Tailored Report||£0||£0|