Guidance for solicitors and conveyancers

It couldn't be easier to apply for official local authority searches using our Public Access for Land Charges System (PALC). The fully integrated system provides a totally electronic official search service connecting users directly to the property data held by us. 


Our Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) holds the addresses of every known property in Hertsmere. Therefore, if the property you are looking for does not appear in the drop down menu there is a probably reason.  Before submitting your search, please check the following:


If you have not used the system before we would recommend reading the guidance notes first. When uploading your search, please ensure plans do not exceed 4MB.

Highway searches

For more detailed highways information; enhanced searches and highway extent plans, which are not part of the standard search service, please contact Hertfordshire Highways Land Charges direct or visit their website for a list of their fees and charges.

Charging Schedule

We are only accepting electronic searches at this time so the fees and charges below apply to searches submitted via our Public Access System PALC.

Fees from 1 April 2024

LLC1 - £19.00
Con29 - £85.20 
Total Residential Search £104.20

LLC1 - £38.00
Con29 Enquiries £158.40
Total Commercial Search £196.40

Additional properties and questions

Residential Additional Property LLC1 £5.00
Residential Additional Property CON29 £12.00

Commercial Additional Property LLC1 £10.00
Commercial Additional Property CON29 £22.80

Q4-21  £12 each
Q22  £33.60

Component data (Con29R - Question 1.1a - 3.15b, excluding highway questions) 

Commercial - £4.80 per question 

Residential - £3.60 per question 

Highway questions (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5 & 3.6)  £27.60 each

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 cannot cancel searches, or offer refunds, once requests have been accepted into our system.