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. Please contact us to discuss alternative search methods.

National Hubs

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

Highway searches

For more detailed Highways information, please contact Hertfordshire Highways direct or visit their website

Fees and Charges

Local Land Charges Fees for period 2021/22

Searches via PALC

LLC1 - £18 
Con29 - £74.40
Total Residential Search £92.40

LLC1 - £18 
Con29 Enquiries £146.40
Total Commercial Search £164.40

View of the register - £8

Searches via post/DX

We can only accept electronic search submissions via PALC at this time. Please contact us for further information.


LLC1 £23 
Con29  £86.40
Total Residential Search £109.40

LLC1  £23
Con29 £152.40
Total Commercial Search £175.40

Personal Searches

We can only accept electronic searches via PALC at this time. Please contact us for further information.

Inspection of the register is free but only upon inspection at the Council offices.

Additional fees and charges

Additional Parcel LLC1 £5
Additional Parcel CON29 £18

Q4-21  £12 ea
Q22  £26.40

Component data:  
Residential - 1.1a-3.13 £3.60
Commercial - 1.1a-3.13 £4.80

Copy Documents:   
Copy search (incl. LLC1 and view of the register) £10

Highways Searches

For more detailed Highways information, please contact Hertfordshire Highways direct. They offer enhanced searches and Highways extent searches, which are not part of a standard search service. Please visit their website for information on how to submit and for fees and charges.

Note: VAT is applicable on all non-statutory land charge fees from 4 July 2016 onwards. The fees and charges shown above are inclusive of VAT.

Cancellation policy

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