Local Land Charges

If you are a potential buyer of a property in East Hertfordshire, then you may well be aware that, as part of the conveyancing process, a search against that property is conducted.

Coronavirus updates

Official Searches - Cheque Payments

Please note that East Herts Council no longer accept cheque payments, but we can now take payment by credit or debit card over the phone.

Please email your official search requests in as normal, with the addition of a contact telephone number for the card holder on your email. We will then check that the plan and address match our records, and once we are happy that the search is ready to be logged, we'll call you for payment. Alternatively, you can submit your searches electronically via NLIS or TM SearchChoice, as our process for these search requests remains unaffected. 

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Personal Searches

Following the Government’s recent announcements around Coronavirus, we just wanted to update you on our position regarding personal searches.  Our continuing priority is to ensure that we can continue to deliver critical services to our customers and residents, whilst protecting everyone’s health and safety. 

East Herts Council has therefore decided to limit the amount of public access to our buildings at present, and so personal search agents are still unable to attend the office to inspect the Land Charges Register in person.  Please continue to email us to make an appointment, attaching a plan of the property, and we will email your personal search results out to you until further notice. 

This does not include the Form of Enquiry CON29 - inspection of this data must be arranged separately with the appropriate departments.

We will of course keep you updated with any further developments, but for now would like to thank you for your continued patience at this time.

The search is done to uncover any restrictions or legal obligations on the building(s) or plot of land.

A search is conducted against the "Register of Local Land Charges". This is held and maintained by East Hertfordshire District Council. Searches can be requested by you, or more usually, through your Solicitor.

The Register contains details of all local land charges registered against properties in East Hertfordshire. Charges may relate to matters such as Tree Preservation Orders, Planning Decisions, Grants, Article 4 Directions, Conservation Areas and Listed Building.

A Local Land Charge Search usually comprises two elements, namely:- LLC1Form and CON29 Enquiries of Local Authorities (2016). There is also a form CON290 which consists of optional enquiries. The CON29 lists numerous questions concerning the area being searched, and also if there are any major road proposals with 200 metres of the land/property or traffic schemes abutting the boundaries. The CON29O form contains additional questions in a standard format that may also be asked.

The Form LLC1 and Form CON29 Enquiries of Local Authorities should be completed and submitted with the following:-

  • the correct fee; (see below)
  • a correct and clear address of the land/ property to be searched;
  • two plans with the land clearly edged in red (only modern digitalised plans) will be accepted.

If plans are not supplied, the search will be returned


Your solicitor will already have the official forms required, which are the LLC1 and CON29, plus the CON29O for any optional questions. Alternatively these forms may be purchased from the legal stationers Oyez.

Fees from 1 October 2018

  • Standard search fee (LLC1 + CON29) = £135.21
  • Extra parcel fee with standard search = £24.15
  • Standard search including all CON29O questions = £432.57

Breakdown of fees (excluding VAT)

  • LLC1 - £22.05 (not vatable)
  • CON29 - £113.16
  • CON29O Qu.4 - 21 - £15.12
  • CON29O Qu.22 - £25.20
  • Extra parcel fee (LLC1) -£5.25 (not vatable)
  • Extra parcel fee (Con29) - £18.90

Methods of submitting forms

We accept searches electronically via the following methods;

Performance Indicators - January 2023

  2022 2023
No of searches received 285 195
No of searches returned within 5 working days 99% 99%
No of searches returned within 5 - 10 working days 1% 1%
Searches returned in more than 10 working days 0% 0%


Statutory Duty

Searches on properties for a prospective buyer are a statutory duty. Official searches undertaken by East Herts Council are normally returned within 5-10 working days, and are completed by officers with many years experience.