Guide to Land Charges

Local Land Charges were created to ensure that purchasers of land and property could be aware of any restriction or obligation created by the Local Authority, which was enforceable against successive owners. Various changes in statute led to the Local Land Charges Act 1975 and the Local Land Charges Rules 1977, (both coming into effect on 1st August 1977). Local Land Charges may now originate from others besides the Local Authority.

Local Authorities are responsible for maintaining a public Register, which may be searched for any restrictions or obligations relating to a particular piece of land or property.

Local Land Charges are enforceable against successive owners, whether or not the charge has actually been registered or disclosed on an official search.

Adjoining authorities and other organisations

Contact details for Land Charges information from adjoining local authorities and other organisations that provide information for land charge searches are listed below.

Watford Borough Council
01923 226400

Dacorum Borough Council
01442 228000

Hertsmere Borough Council
0208 207 2277

St Albans City and District Council
01727 866100

London Borough of Harrow
0208 863 5611

London Borough of Hillingdon
01895 250111

Chiltern District Council
01494 729000

South Bucks District Council
01895 837200

Hertfordshire County Council
01707 897381 (Highways)
01992 555113 (Common Land)

Thames Water - Drainage and Water Searches
01189 251504