Somerset County Council
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Public Registers

 

How can I access the information held on public registers?

Public Registers are maintained by Somerset County Council and our partners as part of our Publication Scheme. The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) governs the security of personal information and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) governs the rules for the Council making information available to you. For further information on our Publication Scheme please see the links opposite.

The term "Public Register" refers to a collection of personal or local geographical data held by the Council in the public interest.  Registers are available in a variety of formats, for example, reports, web pages or databases.  Please see the table below for direct access to the data or contacts available by topic area.

We aim to make as much information as possible freely available and easy to access so that you do not need to make a specific Freedom of Information request. However, should you wish to do so please find the links to enable you to do so opposite.

Links to Public Registers

 

Public Register Ref Data Controller and contact details Web/document links
A.Public Registers - Environmental Health    
Licensing Act 2003 - Premises Register (licensed premises, entertainment licenses, licensed taxi operators etc)
District Council
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Licensing Act 2003 - Temporary Event Notices (entertainment licenses etc) District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Marriage Premises Act 1994 - Approved Premises Somerset County Council Registration Services registrationsupport@somerset.gov.uk List of venues in Somerset that have been approved for Civil Ceremonies
Housing Act 2004 - HMO Licences District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Food Safety Act 1990 - Food Premises Register District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Part VII - Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 - Skin Pierces - Tattoos, Ears, Acupuncture premises District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 - Register of Cooling Towers District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 - Vapour Recovery District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 - Motor Salvage Register District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Permitted Processes District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Contaminated Land Register District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Caravan sites District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
List of persons entitled to sell non-medicinal poisons in Part 11 of the Poisons List Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Partnership
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards
email: tsdutyofficer@somerset.gov.uk
If you sell non-medicinal poisons you are required under the Poisons Act 1972 to contact us and obtain a licence. The information you provide to us is kept in a confidential list held by this service. You can request information held on this list by using the online form on the  
 Request to be added to the poisons register  page.
B.Public Registers - Births, Deaths and Marriages    
Births Somerset County Council Registration Services
 tauntonro@somerset.gov.uk
It is a legal requirement for the birth of every new baby to be registered within 42 days. An entry in a current register is available for members of the public to view upon receipt of the entry number but the applicant is not permitted to copy any information. Members of the public are not permitted to make a general search of the register. Once a register is in the custody of the Superintendent Registrar, one month after closure, members of the public are not permitted to search deposited registers but can search indexes at an agreed fee.

 Register a birth
Deaths Somerset County Council Registration Services
 tauntonro@somerset.gov.uk
It is a legal requirement for every death to be registered within 5 days.  An entry in a current register is available for members of the public to view upon receipt of the entry number but the applicant is not permitted to copy any information. Members of the public are not permitted to make a general search of the register. Once a register is in the custody of the Superintendent Registrar, one month after closure, members of the public are not permitted to search deposited registers but can search indexes at an agreed fee.

Register a death
 Marriages Somerset County Council Registration Services
 tauntonro@somerset.gov.uk
An entry in a current register is available for members of the public to view upon receipt of the entry number but the applicant is not permitted to copy any information. Members of the public are not permitted to make a general search of the register. Once a register is in the custody of the Superintendent Registrar, one month after closure, members of the public are not permitted to search deposited registers but can search indexes at an agreed fee.

Request a copy of a marriage certificate
Public Funerals and Estates passed to the Treasury Solicitor District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
C. Public Registers - Planning and Rights of Way    
Information relating to Public Rights of Way Somerset County Council - Highways/Planning Control rightsofway@somerset.gov.uk The Explore Somerset interactive map displays details of all the public rights of way networks within Somerset. The site allows the public to add faults and view modifications and Section 31 agreements.
View the network and associated assets
Register of Planning Applications (domestic and business applications made by members of the public) District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 
Register of Planning Applications (applications made by the council e.g. for council premises) Somerset County Council - planning Control
planning@somerset.gov.uk
This is a database of all planning applications (minerals, waste and the County Council's own) submitted to the County Council since 2002.

View or comment on a planning application
D. Public Registers - Governance    
 Register of Councillors' Financial and other Interests Somerset County Council - Community Governance
01823 359042
 This web page contains a register of the interests declared by County Councillors/Members and their expense claims.
Member allowances
Register of Officer Gifts and Hospitality and other interests Somerset County Council - Business support Internal Service
SCC Business Support (Governance) 01823 356981
This document contains a register of the gifts, hospitality and interests declared by officers of the County Council. Please submit a Freedom of Information Request to obtain this information. 
Register of Electors District Council 
Mendip District Council - 0300 303 8588
Sedgemoor District Council - 0300 303 7800
South Somerset District Council - 01935 462462
Taunton Deane Borough Council - 01823 356356
West Somerset District Council - 01634 703704
 


Contacts

Contact: Customer Contact
Address: Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1HE
Email: generalenquiries@somerset.gov.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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