Richmondshire District Council

New digital local land charges service

Buying a property in Richmondshire has become quicker and simpler. 

The District Council has worked with HM Land Registry to transfer its local land charges (LLC) service to the national digital register. The LLC Register allows users to search information online, enabling buying decisions to be made earlier in the conveyancing process.

Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of property or land, such as planning permissions or listed building status. A search of the national register will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge and enable the buyer to make an informed decision about the purchase.

“We are pleased to be among the early adopters of the new register, which enables our customers to benefit from a transparent user-friendly service,” said Chief Executive, Tony Clark.

Richmondshire District Council’s changes supports wider government priorities to make property transactions quicker, simpler and cheaper. Anyone can access the ‘Search for local land charges’ service. Business customers can also access it through their HM Land Registry portal account or Business Gateway.

Users of the national register can download a personal search free of charge or buy an official search for £15. This will allow unlimited repeat searches for six months. All information is delivered in a standard easy-to-read format, with geospatial maps.

When all local authorities in England and Wales transfer their local land charges service to the national register, it will contain more than 25 million charges.

For more information visit GOV.UK.

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