Local Authority Searches
Local authority searches are essentially an application for an official search of the Local Authority’s records, for written confirmation or a certificate disclosing matters or encumbrances affecting the land. Where a lease is being granted or conveyancing takes place, a local authority search should be undertaken.Typical information that might be revealed by a local authority search includes:
(i) ownership of roads and sewers affecting the property.
(ii) any road widening schemes in the vicinity of the property.
(iii) any breaches of planning legislation.
(iv) a history of the planning applications made in respect of the property.
(v) details of any pending Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO’s).
(vi) any smoke control orders.