Guidance for solicitors and conveyancers

There are several ways you can apply for local authority searches at Hertsmere.

The simplest way is to apply via our Public Access System (PALC). PALC provides a totally electronic official search service, connecting users directly to land and property information held by us.

You can create an account and submit and receive your searches electronically direct from the Local Land Charges Team. Please read the below guidance carefully before submitting a search.



Component Data

We will be suspending requests for component data from 17 September 2020. This is due to the quality of records held by Hertfordshire Building Control and the amount of time it takes staff to successfully retrieve the data. Unfortunately this will affect all component questions as we are unable to switch them off individually.

If you would like replies to component data, please submit a full local authority search. Alternatively, please see the Hertfordshire Building Control website for more information.

Postal searches

Postal searches are currently suspended due to COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience.

National Hubs

The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is a government approved and regulated, electronic land and property searches portal.

Highway searches

Please send extent of highway requests to Hertfordshire County Council giving them the address and the plan of the property subject to the search.  Please note there is an additional cost involved - see our Fees and Charges for a link to the county council website.

Fees and Charges

Cancellation policy

We are unable to cancel searches, or provide refunds, once requests have been accepted into our system.