Liverpool City Council is the latest local authority to move all of its land charges data to HM Land Registry’s central online service.
This latest move follows Warwick District Council in July with a further 17 local authorities to follow suit this year.
The new digital national register will be available to both solicitors, conveyancers and members of the public at a cost of £15 per search, which can be updated for up to six months later at no extra cost.
These local authorities will continue to provide searches locally for what conveyancers call CON29 enquiries such as planned nearby road schemes which may affect a property buyer’s decision to proceed.
What’s transferring are the searches relevant to the property such as planning permissions, listed status, conservation areas, tree preservation orders and light obstructions.
“This is a historic step forward in the Government’s ambition to make the home-buying process simpler, faster and cheaper,” the Land Registry says.
“It is also an important part of our Business Strategy to help improve the entire conveyancing process.”
The new service was launched earlier this summer following a public consultation in 2016 which revealed overall public and industry support for the move.
17 councils preparing to join the new scheme are:
- Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
- Blackpool Borough Council
- Carlisle City Council
- City of London Corporation
- Council of the Isles of Scilly
- East Lindsey District Council
- London Borough of Harrow
- London Borough of Lambeth
- North West Leicestershire District Council
- Norwich City Council
- Peterborough City Council
- Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
- St Helens Council
- Stevenage Borough Council
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
- Thanet District Council
- Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council