Postcode Search

Searches and fees information


Each year we process a huge number of searches for people making domestic or commercial land/property transactions. Many ordinary people are quite unaware of exactly what a search will tell them.

The LLC.1 requests a detailed search of the Local Land Charges Register, this will reveal such things as Enforcement Notices, Tree Preservation Orders, various agreements and conditional planning permissions.

The CON29 form consists of 16 standard questions and a further 17 optional questions.

Answering this involves sending questionnaires to the Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Highways and Sewerage Departments. In addition, a solicitor may decide to ask his own questions. Unless the solicitor specifically asks, a search will not reveal for instance, a planned extension to an adjoining property,the search takes place on the boundaries of the property outlined.

How long does a search take?

For some time now we have adhered to the voluntary code of practice in keeping our dispatch times within 10 working days of the receipt of the search.

Personal Searches

Any person/agent may make a personal search and there is a payment due. An appointment is required at all times and a plan needs to be provided beforehand in order for us to arrange the necessary information and make sure it is ready to view.

Please note that this authority does not provide verbal answers to CON29 enquiries from personal search agents. A new charging regime Icon for pdf Local Land Charges Fees [425.7KB]  came into effect on 4 July 2016. Please note that these charges include VAT under the new charging regime.

The new Personal Search guidelines are available to download below, for requests to view public registers and requests for assistance and information in answering CON29R.

Submission of Searches

  • Both the LLC.1 and CON29 forms should be submitted in duplicate at the same time.
  • When submitting the search, the correct fee should be presented, (please see the Land Charges Fees & Charges link at the base of this page). Cheque's should be made payable to Sedgemoor District Council.
  • Please give an accurate full postcode of the property or land to be searched against.
  • You should submit at least three plans of ordnance survey quality showing the boundaries of the property or land to be searched against, marked clearly in red.
  • Please note that fees are non-refundable.

Please note that these charges include VAT under the new charging regime.

Fees and Charges (Postal)
Search Fees (Postal)Fee (£)

Personal Search

NIL

Additional parcels of land

£12.60

Solicitors own enquiries

£12.00

Part 2 optional enquiries CON 29O

£9.00

CON 29R£94.80

LLC1

£37.00

NLIS (National Land Information Service)

The Council can accept searches through the NLIS hub and return them electronically. The following fees apply:

Fees and Charges (Electronic)
Search Fees (Electronic)Fee (£)
Personal SearchNIL

Additional parcels of land

£12.60

Solicitors own enquiries

£12.00

Part 2 optional enquiries CON 29O

£9.00

CON 29R£94.80

LLC1

£37.00


For more information about electronic submission, contact the National Land and Information Service on 08720 450 450 or visit their website

Drainage enquiries are answered by Wessex Water & for information regarding land or properties not in the ownership of the Council please contact Plymouth District Land Registry.

Sedgemoor District Council's target turnaround time for processing searches is 10 working days. This is a national standard set by the Audit Commission.

Land Charges Fees [155.32KB]