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 Con 29 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.
Drainage enquiries are answered by Wessex Water & for information regarding land or properties not in the ownership of the Council please contact Land Registry
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.
How much does a search cost?
A new charging regimecame into effect on 31 March 2017. Please note that these charges include VAT
We no longer carry out personal searches by appointment. The land charges register is available to view online at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk. The planning information is available online from 2000 to the present day through the website. The planning plotting sheets with information before 2000 are available at http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planning_online.
Any search carried out be an agent is not certified by the local authority and any compensation claims would need to be made through the personal search company that completed the search.
Every effort has been made to ensure the information on our land search facility is correct, however contact can be made through the land charges department for definitive searches.
Please note that this authority does not provide verbal answers to CON29 enquiries from personal search agents.
Submission of Searches
- Both the LLC.1 and CON29 forms should be submitted in duplicate at the same time by post, DX or NLIS (see information below)
- When submitting the search, the correct fee should be presented, payment can be made by cheque or BACS payment (bank details ), 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.
NLIS (National Land Information Service)
The Council can accept searches through the NLIS hub and return them electronically. The following fees apply:
|Search Fees (Electronic)||Fee (£)|
Additional parcels of land
Solicitors own enquiries
Part 2 optional enquiries CON 29O