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Local Land Charges

Local Land Charges provides a highly efficient and accurate level of service to Solicitors, Agents and members of the public requesting Search Applications to be made against residential/commercial properties and land within the District.

It is our aim to return all official search requests within 8-10 working days of receipt

From 1st April  2017 Vat will be added to the Con29.  Please see our new  pdf icon Fees Schedule. [150kb]

If you are not sure whether the property you require a search on is in the Mendip area, please contact Customer Services via the contact details at the bottom of this page and we will try to help you.

When submitting a Search to be processed please make sure that both the LLC1 Form and CON 29 R form state the correct address quoted. Please also make sure you send a copy of an up to date site plan clearly showing the extent and location of the land/property to be searched on in red. In cases where the address and plan do not match we will carry out the search against the area indicated on the plan unless otherwise instructed. Where searches are submitted without a plan or all of the forms the searches will be rejected.

The Local Land Charges team provides searches against the Local Land Charges register, as covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975. These usually are:-

  • Standard (Full) Search: Provides official (guaranteed) certificate of search of the Local Land Charges register (covered by Form LLC1) and additional information relating to the property (covered by Form CON29R)
  • LLC 1 Only: Provides official certificate of search solely relating to Parts 1-12 of the Local Land Charges Register
  • Personal Search: Provides access to the information held on the Local Land Charges Register but no official certificate of search

The results of searches (other than a personal search) will be sent out via email. Please make sure you clearly identify an email address on one or more of the search documents.

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search. You will be able to recognise an official search of this local authority as it will carry the official Mendip logo and be signed by an official signatory of the Council.

Standard (Full) Search

When buying a house/commercial property your solicitor will carry out a Local Authority Search of the Council's records. This is basically to find out about any hidden extras that are not visible to the eye. For example planning permissions and whether the building is Listed or in a Conservation Area. All official searches carried out by the Land Charges Section are covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975.

The Search Forms

There are two forms that make a full Search - the LLC1 and the CON29 R Forms. These are available from Solicitors or any legal stationers. You can also use the CON29 O form which allows you to ask a wider variety of questions and includes the Common Land (Commons) question.

The LLC1 Form

This is the Official Certificate of Search form. The replies to the LLC1 form will reveal any registered charges that affect the property. For example financial charges (these are registered by the local authority), conditional planning consents, Section 38 Agreements, Tree Preservation Orders and Improvement Grants. These charges are stored on the Local Land Charges Register which the Local Land Charges section maintains and updates. This is a statutory function.

The CON 29 Forms

This covers additional questions that are required to be answered by the Local Authority, and consists of 2 parts - the first has a set of standard enquiries. This form is called the CON29 R. The second form has a selection of optional questions and is called CON29 O.

Standard Search Fees from 1 April 2017

 New Fees from 1st April 2017

Residential Standard Search

Commercial Standard Search£135.00
Additional Parcels (each)£14.00
LLC1 Only£44.00
Con 29R Enquiries£91.00
Con29 'Optional' Enquiry (Con 29O 4 - 22)Please see
 pdf icon Full Fee Table [150kb]
Each Con29O Additional Enquiry ∆£15.00
Expedite FeeTo be advised on request

∆ This means a question the customer makes up - e.g. Are there any planning applications within 50m of this property?*

Fees for the CON29  and CON29O include VAT.

Cancellations are subject to a charge, please confirm with the office at time of cancellation.  The cancellation fee will reduce from the current £40 charge to £28.03 from 4th July 2016, however if cancellations are received within 48 hours of submission we can usually waive the fee.

pdf icon Full Fee Table. [150kb]

Personal Search

If you want to view the Local Land Charge Register yourself you can carry out what is called a Personal Search. This facility allows you to obtain the information set out in the Local Land Charges Register only and will not provide the additional information, which is given in response to an official Con 29 search. If you are unsure of the implications of this, you should seek advice from your solicitor assisting you with the sale.

As this is not an official search service, the Local Authority cannot assist you in completing the application forms nor can they be signed by the local authority.

Personal Searches Plan

Plans should be sent via email to a MINIMUM of 5 clear working days prior to the appointment. Appointments may be cancelled if there is a delay in providing a plan to the Land Charges Section or if the plan is of insufficient quality.

The Local Land Charges (Amendment) Rules 2010

Mendip District Council is currently in the process of considering its position in relation to the new Statutory Instrument (SI 1812 2010) and the accompanying explanatory memo, links to which are provided for your reference.

We will inform all search agents once a formal approach has been agreed.

Service Standards

The Local Land Charges Service has a vital role in protecting the financial and legal interests of prospective purchasers of land and property in the district. We provide information relating to land and property by giving access to the Local Land Charges Register. We are also responsible for maintaining the Local Land Charges Register in accordance with various statutes.

We will

  • Aim to deliver a fast, accurate Official Certificate of Search in accordance with Local Government guidelines and statute.
  • Maintain an accurate Local Land Charges Register.

To achieve this we will

  • Aim to process a full residential or a commercial search via our expedited service within 3 working days of receipt (this service is currently unavailable).
  • Aim to process a full residential or a commercial search within 10 working days of receipt.
  • Aim to provide personal search applicants with an appointment within 6 working days of a request.
  • Supply information regarding the progress of a search within 2 hours of an inquiry.  Accommodate personal searchers when visiting the Council's Office.
  • Provide a duplicate of a search free of charge if misplaced within 3 months.
  • Seek further information in respect of incorrect plan/cheques on the day of receipt for an expedited service (this service is currently unavailable).

The volume of searches is outside the Council's control and influenced by a number of factors, including interest rates, the buoyancy of the local housing market and the local economy. Thus, in certain circumstances the above standards may not be feasible. If this is the case, we will inform you.

These are the ways in which we will check that we are delivering our promises

  • We will carry out random customer satisfaction surveys regarding our work.
  • We will scrutinise our performance figures and take prompt action if standards are not being met.

This is how we will let you know that we have done what we have promised

  • We will publish annual performance figures to show our performance.
  • We will publish literature providing information regarding the Service, its activities and performance.

Naming and Numbering my Property

The council provides official addresses to all residential and commercial properties, it is a statutory function.  The council has the power to approve or reject street names and property addresses which are submitted by developers and the general public

Addressing My Property

Local Land Charges Satisfaction Survey

The Local Land Charges team are constantly seeking new ways to improve service levels and better understand our customers' needs. By completing this survey you will be contributing to this improvement by highlighting both areas that are working well and areas that may need further development.

pdf icon Land Charges satisfaction survey [31kb]