Commons searches are carried out to determine whether a property is on or adjacent to common land.
If you require us to carry out a search of the Commons Register, a CON 29(O) form (Optional Enquiries of the Local Authority) is required. These forms are supplied by Law Stationers. Question 22 deals specifically with common land and town or village greens. The form should include a plan preferably on an Ordinance Survey (OS) base map in duplicate, identifying the area to be searched.
There are two ways in which you can apply for a search to be carried out:
- as part of a Local Land Charges search where both the CON29(R) form (Required Enquiries of the Local Authority) and CON29(O) form are submitted together; or
- as a stand-alone search on the CON29(O) form (where it is submitted without the Con29(R) form).
We will then carry out the search and send the result back within 4-5 working days.
Alternatively, you may choose to carry out a personal search where you can check the Commons Register for yourself. However, please note that it will be necessary to make an appointment. There is no charge for personal searches.
Appointments for personal searches should be made in order to ensure that staff are available. Personal searches may be carried out between 10.00am and 12.00pm, and 2.00pm and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
Grazing rights searches
Grazing rights searches are carried out to determine whether land has the benefit of rights over common land. Grazing rights searches are not are not covered by a statutory form, but by forwarding a letter and plan the rights query can be answered.
|Type or search or enquiry||Fee|
|CON29(O) form (stand alone search)||£43.20|
|Grazing rights searches||£25.50|
Fees for purchasing a copy of a Common Land Register or its Register Map
|Extract of register map||£14.50|
|Full register map||£19.50|
|Commons text register||£11.50 for first 10 pages and £0.75 per page thereafter|
Cheques should be made payable to 'City and County of Swansea'
Completing a commons search by post
You will need to send the following documents to the commons registration team:
- a completed form CON29(O) in duplicate (available from Law Stationers)
- a map identifying the area of land to be searched in duplicate preferably on an OS base map
- the relevant fee (please see above)
We will carry out the search and send you a result within 4-5 working days.
Works on common land
Queries relating to the developing or carrying out of works (e.g. fencing) on common land should be directed to the Planning Inspectorate of the Welsh GovernmentOpens new window who determine such cases under the statutory provision of the Commons Act 2006.
Town or village greens
We also process applications for the registration of town or village greens made under Section 15 of the Commons Act 2006.