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Local land charges

Last Modified April 26, 2017

VAT update



Hertsmere will be implementing VAT to all CON29 products from 31 March 2017. This will include optional enquiries, addtitional properties and componant data.
See a breakdown of fees and charges below.

What is a Local Land Charges Search?

When a property or parcel of land is bought, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out, a request for a search is sent to the relevant local authority.

This search is usually submitted on your behalf by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Local Land Charges inform potential buyers of property or land whether they will inherit any obligations or restrictions such as a tree preservation order or enforcement notice.

There are three parts:

Part one - LLC1 - the Official Certificate of Search Form, which covers obligations and restrictions on the property imposed by the Local Authority which will be inherited by any subsequent owner - for example financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders or listed building status.

Part two - CON29 - the Enquiries of Local Authorities Form covers things like planning history of the property, whether the road is publicly or privately maintained and whether there are any major road or rail proposals in the vicinity

Part three - CON29O - includes further (optional) enquiries. covers information about public paths or byways, houses in multiple occupation, hazardous substance consents and common land. The questions are not relevant to all properties.

Note: the LLC1 and CON29 form the standard search and the CON29O includes further optional enquiries that may be required.

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, which disclose 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.

How much does it cost?

 Fees_Charges 2017_18

If you are unable to view the above attachment then your current version of Adobe may be out of date. Please speak to your IT support. If you would like a copy of our fees & charges, please email land.charges@hertsmere.gov.uk

Public Access for Land Charges (PALC)


We are pleased to announce that our public access system is now live.

You can start submitting searches electronically using the below link straight away.

Public Access System

There is also an option for Personal Searches.

 Please see the following link PALC-Notes for more information or contact us at land.charges@hertsmere.gov.uk 

Guidance Notes are available upon request.

Please ensure you upload one copy of a plan (preferably an Ordnance Survey extract) showing the full extent of the area to be searched upon edged in red.

Postal Searches


Should you wish to submit hard copies via post after 31 March 2017, you can still do so, however, please note the fee for this type of search has increased due to the amount of work now involved. Please see fees & charges above.

Searches should be sent to our Local Land Charges Department at our main offices, by DX45602 Borehamwood.

Please note:  We are unable to cancel searches, or provide refunds, once requests have been uploaded to our system.  

How long does it take?


We aim to return all searches within seven working days.

Unfortunately we do not offer an expedited services due to us relying on other departments to reply to enquiries.

If you're search requires urgent attention, please contact us and we will do our best to try and help.

Email: Land.charges@hertsmere.gov.uk or Telephone: 020 8207 7491

Inspection of the Local Land Charges register

Personal searches are by appointment only.

If you wish to undertake a personal search of the Local Land Charges Register you will need to book an appointment with us. Personal searches requests are processed the same as Official Search requests so lead times will be the same. See above.

Submitting a request:

  • We will need the name of the person or company who will be undertaking the search.
  • A correct and clear address of the property or land to be searched against.
  • One copy of a plan (preferably an Ordnance Survey extract) showing the full extent of the area to be searched upon edged in red. Please ensure the plan clearly defines the boundaries of the area to be searched upon and any highways on which replies are sought.
  • We will attempt to accommodate all requests made but we ask that you are aware that we may not always be able to provide you with your preferred appointment time.


Collecting results:

You will be able to collect results during the allocated times and days below only:

  • Tuesday: 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 11.30am
  • Thursday: 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday: 10am to 11.30am


Please queue in reception to see a Customer Service Advisor during the time slot you have been allocated. I.e. Tuesday, anytime between 10am to 11.30am.

A Customer Service Advisor will then give you the information to copy before handing back.

It is strictly prohibited for you to photograph or scan the information provided to you at an appointment. Further action may be taken should we discover information being copied without our permission.

Please ensure that you are on time for any appointment time allocated. Late arrival can result in us having to re-arrange the appointment. This is due to the impact on other personal search appointments and customers.

Please note:

An inspection of the Local Land Charges Register is free under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) but these regulations only give you the right to inspect the base records, they do not entitle you to have the information verified or checked.

  • the base information you are viewing may contain errors.
  • If you wish to inspect base records in respect of CON29R enquiries under EIR, you will need to contact the individual council department involved ie - building control, planning and environmental health. An appointment may be necessary and it cannot be guaranteed that the same appointment time will be possible for all departments.

For further help:

For drainage enquiries contact Thames Water  
For highways enquiries contact Hertfordshire Highways
For land registry enquiries contact Land Registry

Related External Links

  1. National Land Information Service

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