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Contaminated land enquiries

We can provide information on a property or parcel of land, such as its use history and whether it is affected by contamination, to anyone with a specific interest such as house buyers, vendors or solicitors.

This information is drawn from a number of sources within the Team’s records.

These enquiries are different from the standard enquiries that can be made by undertaking a Local Land Charges search which are restricted to three very specific questions relating to the Contaminated Land Register.

You will need to provide the:

  • Address of the property, or land, with a postcode and if possible a plan confirming its location
  • The nature of your interest in the land
  • Whether or not there are specific issues that have prompted the enquiry or another indication of type of information that is required.

The provision of information about land affected by contamination is controlled by the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR 2004), as specified within the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.

How to pay

In line with the provisions of the EIR 2004, we charge for providing such information. This charge is currently set at £95 but is reviewed annually.

Please make a payment using a credit or debit card and search for 'Contaminated Land Enq' in the 'All Shops' drop down menu.

If you have no alternative but to pay by cheque please make it payable to North Hertfordshire District Council and send it to the below address marked for the attention of the Environmental Protection Officer.

Enquiries are routinely answered within 10 working days, subject to the complexity of the enquiry.

In the event that any information request is considered atypical, the person making the enquiry will be informed of this fact and appropriate arrangements will be made to progress the enquiry through the Freedom Of Information system.

Environmental Health
North Hertfordshire District Council
PO Box 10613