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What is a Local Land Charge?

The Register of Local Land Charges contains details of all local land charges registered against a property. The Register consists of matters of outstanding liability for road and other financial charges, home improvement grants, tree preservation orders and other notices of restriction or prohibition on a parcel of land, either to secure the payment of a sum of money or to limit the use of the said property. It is a statutory requirement that all Local Authorities within England and Wales compile, maintain and regularly update their Local Land Charges Register.

Examples of Local Land Charges:
  • Charges securing the payment of money that arise under the Public Health Acts, Building Act or similar statutes, and any financial charge acquired by a local or water authority or sewerage undertaker. It is expressly provided that any sum recoverable by a local authority from successive owners or occupiers of the land in respect of which the sum is recoverable. 
  • A prohibition or restriction on the use of land imposed by a local authority or a Minster of the Crown or government department binding on successive owners of the land. 
  • Any positive obligation affecting land enforceable by a Minister of the Crown, government department or local authority under a covenant or agreement made after 1st August 1977 and binding on successive owners of the land. 
  • Any charge or matter expressly made a local land charge by a statutory provision