Policy & Finance Cabinet Member – Minutes – 27 January 2016

41 (41) LOCAL LAND CHARGES CON 29R & O FEES – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted an urgent report seeking approval for an increase to the CON 29R & O fees from 1 February 2016.

The Local Land Charges Unit within Legal Services was responsible for responding to requests for searches of the local land charges register (form LLC1) as well as other property related enquiries (form CON 29R & O) arising from information held by the council.

Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs had recently confirmed that the CON 29R & O element of the searches would from 1 February 2016 be subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%. The council reviewed its charges for all local land charges searches in April of each year and the current charges for the CON 29R & O element were as follows:

CON 29R = £25
CON 29O (Optional Enquiries 4-22) = £10

Given the tight timescale, this matter was presented as an urgent item so as to ensure the council had a revised charging regime in place by 1 February 2016.

Resolved – That Option 1, set out in paragraph 4.1 of the report, be approved and that current charges be adjusted and in place by 1 February 2016.