Wandsworth, Richmond and Hillingdon councils spent £300,000 from their general funds on legal action.
Windsor and Maidenhead Council spent £50,000 from its development fund.
The details were obtained by the BBC using Freedom of Information laws.
Council general funds are where money for most council services is drawn, with funds raised from council tax and central government grants.
The four councils failed in an attempt to challenge the decision to build the runway at the High Court in January. The case against the runway brought by the councils was struck out by Mr Justice Cranston in January on the basis that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the claim, but further legal action against the runway may take place.
Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39519544
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