The Law Society’s revised CON 29 and CON 29O forms will go live on 4 July 2016.
The aim of the revisions is to improve the quality and consistency of information provided by local authorities. We hope that this will mean that the information provided to people and businesses who are buying, or taking a lease of, property, and those lending money to them, will be more consistent and easier to understand.
The launch process will be as follows:
Until end of 1 July 2016
- If a current CON 29R and/or CON 29O search is received in electronic or paper form before the end of 1 July 2016, the local authority will provide replies to the current form.
2 July 2016 or later - current forms
- If a current form is received electronically at any time on 2 July 2016 or later, replies will be provided to the new CON 29 and CON 29O enquiries.
- If a current form is received by post, DX or by hand at any time on 2 July 2016 or later, it is for the local authority to decide whether to provide replies to the new or current form.
- If a current form is still being processed after the end of 1 July 2016 (whenever the form was received previously) (eg it was entered on local authority systems before or on 1 July and is still being processed after that date), the local authority will provide replies to the current form.
4 July 2016
- The new CON 29 and CON 29O forms will go live and local authorities will accept the new forms commencing on this date.
Guidance and specimen forms
Specimen revised notes are available below. The guidance notes will follow in due course.
New enquiries - interim position
Some new enquiries have been added to the forms, for example community infrastructure levy (CIL) and assets of community value. While the forms will not go live yet, if solicitors wish to raise enquiries about these matters now, they should follow the format of the enquiry on the form to make it easier for respondents to answer.
Not all local authorities will have a CIL charging schedule. Solicitors may therefore wish to check the local authority’s website for further information about whether a charging schedule is in place before raising enquiries about CIL.