COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Land charges and personal searches

Updates on changes to the Land Charges and personal searches due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

find out about changes

When you buy a house, your solicitor will make a search of the council's records to ensure there are no hidden surprises, such as motorways at the bottom of your garden or outstanding Notices requiring you to take action to remedy an earlier wrongdoing.

Please note that that under the provisions of the Infrastructure Act 2015, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Local Land Charges register has transferred to HMLR as from 26th May 2021.  This means that we will no longer provide the LLC1 part of the search but will continue to provide responses to the Con29 and Con290 searches. 

Please see further news on this from HMLR: Five local authorities join HM land registry local land charges register.

How to search for local land charges (LLC1)

You can carry out an online search for local land charges on GOV.UK

CON29 and CON29O search

Examples of the information found on CON 29 form are given below:

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO)
  • proposed Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)
  • many informal notices under planning and highways laws not found on any register.
  • road proposals or schemes (including road widening).
  • proposed enforcement action or breach of conditions notices.

Examples of CON 29O (Optional Enquiries) are given below:  

  • adverts
  • pipelines
  • environmental health
  • common land


Apply online for CON29 and CON29O

You can apply online through:


You can email your completed CON29 or CON29O forms to:  please include the correct postal address including postcode and an up to date scale plan showing the extent and location of the land subject of the search, clearly edged in red.

Payment can be made by Cheque: made payable to: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, or by BACS, please contact Land Charges for details.


Note: Con29 & Con29O Search requests are subject to VAT at 20%.


 Existing Fees:   

 VAT @ 20%   

 Total Fee:    





CON29O questions 4-21

 £8.00 per enquiry



CON29O question 22 




CON29R (additional parcels of land)





Types of searches undertaken in the house buying process

Drainage Water Searches

Thames Water Utilities Ltd looks after the network of public sewers in the Welwyn Hatfield borough. If you require further information please contact 0118 925 1504 or email

Land Registry Searches

Land Register deals with ownership of property. If you require further information, please contact the HM Land Registry - Leicester 0300 006 0411 or visit the Land Registry website.