Land Charges

Please see the reduction to the Local Land Charge Fees as from 1 April 2018 – please refer to Table of Fees under Related Documents.
 
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. Under the Government's code of practice we are required to process searches within ten working days. Since April 1999 we have consistently achieved well above average performance and we aim to achieve 100% of searches being returned within five working days.
 
The Council has a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an accurate and up-to-date Register of Local Land Charges affecting land and property in the District. Details of any charges that are registered to land and property are listed in the District Council’s Local Land Charges Register.
 
As the custodians of official local information, we can provide you with fast access to the information you need, to complete your official conveyancing searches.

If you would like an officer from Land Charges to contact you, please complete the General Enquiry form or phone 01984 635274 or 635275.
 
Personal Searches of the Local Land Charges Register can be carried out during normal office hours 09.00 to 4.30 Monday to Thursday and 9.00 to 4.00 Friday at West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton TA4 4QA.
 
There is a computer and full instructions in the Reception Area on how to carry out a Personal Search. No appointment is necessary and no fee is payable for carrying out the Personal Search although there may be a nominal printing charge for any entries printed out.
 

Drainage searches

Wessex Water looks after drainage searches. If you want to search their records, please contact their searches section directly on 01225 526206 or email: contactus@wessexsearches.co.uk

EIR Requests

If you wish to access data to answer CON29 questions yourself, you can apply for access to property related information under the Environmental Information Regulation 2004 (EIR).  This can be done by emailing 
 
This can be a lengthier process and we will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance upon, or use of, information obtained as a result of personal searches.
 
To personally inspect these records, in some instances an appointment will be necessary. Additionally, please be aware that the public bodies concerned have 20 working days within which to make information available to you under EIR. They may be unable to guarantee inspection at a particular time or date.
 
It is the enquirers responsibility to find out from each data-owning department/organisation whether or not a fee is payable for access in accordance with the EIR.
 

CON29 Data Sources

The document Con29-information-Jan-2017 (in the related documents section) shows where you can access data necessary to answer CON29 questions yourself.
 
Contacting Local Land Charges

Local Land Charges
West Somerset Council
West Somerset House
Killick Way
Williton
Taunton
TA4 4QA

Tel: 01984 635274 or 01984 635275
Email: landcharges@westsomerset.gov.uk

If you have any comments, enquiries or feedback about any of our services, please complete the online feedback form. Your comments will be collated and used to improve the service we provide.