Local land charges

Local land charges service coronavirus update

This service is still operating but due to coronavirus our offices are closed to the public and officers are working from home. Please do not post or try to hand deliver your application for a search to be made.

We prefer applications to be submitted online via NLIS, TMGroup or InfoTrack portals

Alternatively, you can submit your requests by email. You will need to include all relevant documents (forms and location plan) and send to land_charges@lbhf.gov.uk. Please ensure the following wording is used in the subject line of your email: Search Request + Address of search + (your own reference). A member of the team will telephone you to take a card payment for the fee required.

We carry out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975, guaranteeing complete and comprehensive replies by the council to the Official Certificate of Search (LLC1) and CON 29 enquiries (pdf 170KB).

We have maintained most of our fees and charges and have standardised these as of 1 April 2019. See our current table of fees.

CON29 Services are subject to VAT and this has been included in the applicable fees and charges. 

We provide solicitors, conveyancers and their clients with information about the land or property they're interested in. There's a local search form to fill in and send to us with your payment.

A local search consists of two parts:

  • restrictions on the property which are binding on successive owners, such as financial charges, tree preservation orders and enforcement notices
  • replies to enquiries on a nationally agreed form giving information of a more general nature. These include planning and building control history and outstanding statutory notices.

Much of this information is supplied to Local Land Charges by other council departments, the government and outside bodies.

Official searches

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should be undertaken only with the approval of the client when time does not permit an official search.

You should check with your solicitor that an official search has been carried out and ask to inspect the Official Certificate of Search (LLC1) and CON 29.

Personal searches

A personal search is a search of the Local Land Charges Register only and does not reveal the full information provided by an official search. There is no charge for this service.

If you email us before 2pm on a weekday, we can send you the results of your search on the same day. If we receive your request by 3pm, your results will be emailed to you the following day.

Please email your request to land_charges@lbhf.gov.uk

If you prefer to have them posted to you or collect them yourself, please let us know.

Other statutory registers held by the council are open for public inspection during normal office hours at our customer service centre.

CON 29 questions

The CON 29 enquiries form, which forms part of the official search, contains many 'warning' questions, the answers to which are not forthcoming on any of the statutory registers.

Examples of the information to be found only by submitting a CON 29 form are:

  • notices under the Planning, Highways and Public Health Acts not found on any register
  • compulsory purchase orders
  • road proposals or schemes (including road widening).

If you rely on a personal search from a solicitor or personal search company, may we remind you that they are not given or entitled to receive, answers to the questions on the CON 29 form, and any information they do obtain is not covered by Section 10(3) of the Local Land Charges Act 1975, which relates to compensation for loss. The only way to receive this information is to submit the Official Certificate of Search (LLC1) and CON 29 enquiries forms.

An official local authority search provides you with the complete and comprehensive information as per the CON 29 enquiries form, in line with the Local Land Charges Act 1975 and Local Land Charges Rules 1977.

Search fees

Search fees for local land charges
Fee type Fee
LLC1 £6
LLC1 Additional Parcel of Land £1
Con29(R) £327.50
LLC1/CON29 £333.50
Con29(O) £17.80
Additional Enquiry £30.40
Con29(R) Additional Parcel of Land £30.40
Personal Search (LLC Register) £0
Personal Search (LLC Register) Additional Parcel of Land) £0
Personal Search (Individual Questions on CON29(R) including sub-sections) £6.11
Copy of a Search £12.22

Cheques should be made payable to LBHF.

Please see the PDF below for links to information and contacts relating to questions asked on the CON29 enquiry form:

CON29 enquiry form (pdf 170KB)

Turnaround time for an official search

We expect to return your search within 10 working days at the latest. Many of our searches will be completed earlier than this. We work to carry out searches in the date order that we receive them.

Contact us

By phone: 020 8753 2765 - office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

By email: land_charges@lbhf.gov.uk

By post:
Environment Department 
Local Land Charges 
PO Box 67719 
London 
W6 6FA

Planning and building control

Environmental Services keeps the Statutory Planning Register of Applicants and Decisions (kept in line with s69 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990); and the London Development Framework Plan.

All building regulations and planning enquiries are dealt within Environmental Services. Call 020 8753 1081 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Send any written enquiries to:

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 
Town Hall Extension 
King Street 
Hammersmith 
London, W6 9JU 

planning@lbhf.gov.uk

buildingcontrol@lbhf.gov.uk

A list of all highways within the borough maintained at public expense

Highways register maintainable at public expense (pdf 145KB)

Drainage enquiries

We no longer act as an agent for Thames Water Utilities. Please refer enquiry 3.3 of Form CON29(R) directly to Thames Water Utilities for replies.

Thames Water  
PO Box 3189 
Slough 
SL1 4WW 
DX No: 151280 Slough 13

Useful Thames Water contacts

Residential conveyancing 
0118 923 6656 

Commercial conveyancing 
0118 923 6652 

Asset location searches
0118 923 6664 
Thames Water Property Searches website

HM Registry Service

We do not hold a register of private land ownership. The HM Land Registry Office which deals with land ownership for the Hammersmith & Fulham area is in Birkenhead: 

Birkenhead (Rosebrae) District Land Registry 
Rosebrae Court 
Woodside Ferry Approach 
Birkenhead 
Merseyside 
CH41 6DU 

DX No: 24270 Birkenhead (4)  
0151 472 6666 
Fax:0151 472 6789

Land Registry website

hmlr@dial.pipex.com

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