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Local Land Charges

*Covid-19 update*

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, our teams are working remotely and therefore we are only able to provide planning history from 1990 onwards. The Councils computerised records of planning permissions do not extend back before 1990. Any pre 1990 applications are available to view via our website.

We are currently unable to accept searches by post. If a search request has already been sent prior to reading this notice, please get in touch via e-mail or forward and we will confirm the current status and arrange payment by BAC’s.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Searches are back to our statutory turnaround time of up to 30 working days. 

A Local Land Charge Search is carried out when a property or a piece of land is being purchased, leased or valued in order to find out if there are any local authority matters affecting the land/property.

If you are thinking about buying a home in South Somerset, then you may well know that, as part of the house buying process, you are encouraged to submit a search on the property to identify any restrictions or legal obligations that may be associated with the property and imposed by a local authority.

Anyone can submit a search application, but most are received from Solicitors acting on behalf of their clients and is covered by the legal fees they charge, although you can, if you wish, request the search yourself.

The search looks at twelve main areas, or 'charges' (restrictions) and checks whether or not any of these apply to the property you are intending to buy, these are:

  • General financial charges
  • Specific financial charges
  • Planning charges
  • Miscellaneous charges
  • Fenland ways maintenance charges
  • Land compensation charges
  • New towns charges
  • Civil aviation charges
  • Opencast coal charges
  • Listed building charges
  • Light obstruction notices
  • Drainage scheme charges

For an enquiry that relates to land ownership, please see the Land Registry website.

For official drainage searches, visit Wessex Searches

  1. Request a search

    There are a number of searches you can apply for, such as a CON29 Search, LLC1 Search, Quick Search and full official search.

    Quick Search

    It is now possible to submit your local authority search using the Quick Search form and sending it with a plan, clearly identifying the search site, by emailing it to

    Solicitors can now access the service electronically through the National Land Information Service (NLIS).

    This central hub distributes searches to the appropriate local authorities. Although you may still submit your searches by post, the preferred method of receiving search requests is through the NLIS hub. For more information about the electronic service please contact NLIS Hub Help Desk on 08720 450 450 or see the National Land and Information Service website

  2. Inspection of the Local Land Charges Register

    The Local Land Charge Register is available for public inspection preferably by appointment. To make an appointment, telephone Local Land Charges on 01935 462294.

    There is no fee for the inspection of the Register.

  3. Fees and charges

    Here you can find information on our fees and charges in relation to local land charge searches.

    A basic summary of the most frequently required items are detailed below.

    Local Authority Search Fees - VAT Implementation 1 January 2017

    South Somerset District Council will be implementing VAT on all Con 29 and/or any individual Con 29 aspect as of 1 January 2017.

    VAT receipts will be sent electronically via e-mail.

    New fees and form revisions from 1 January 2017


    Fee Exc VAT



    LLC1 only




    LLC1 add parcel fee








    LLC1 & CON29 (basic search)




    CON29 Optional Enquires (each)




    Non standard enquiry/solicitors own (each)




    Additional parcel (when both forms submitted together)




    You can see an in depth breakdown of all our fees and charges.

    Our calculation of fees and charges made under Statutory Instrument 3248 9 (1) can be found here - Statement from S151 Officer

    We accept payment by cheque or BACs. If paying by BACs, please request this is how you wish to pay and, upon acceptance of the search, we will email you our bank details. Please do not make payment at the same time as submitting your request. We require a remittance and use our search number as reference to enable allocation of said payment. 

  4. Guidance for buying or selling a home

    The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (HMCLG) has produced useful guidance on buying and selling a home. 

    Use the links below to view the publications:

    How to buy a home

    How to sell a home

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