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.


Alternative options are listed below along with details on pricing, turnaround times and our cancellation policy.

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.

Turnaround times

Our turnaround on average for official searches is five working days.  If you have applied for a ersonal search turnaround times will differ. Please refer to Personal searches and EIR

Fees and Charges

Cancellation policy

We are unable to cancel searches, or provide refunds, once requests have
been processed and uploaded to our system.