Making a planning application

Please note: from 17 January 2018 planning fees increased by 20%

If you intend to carry out changes to your property you may require planning permission and need to submit an application to the Council.  Regardless of the need for planning permission, you may require building regulations approval or you may require the building regulations only. If in doubt, please contact Hertfordshire Building Control by email  

The benefits of applying online include:

  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • Savings on postage and printing costs
  • Online help function when completing applications
  • Online record of your completed applications
  • Online payment

If you prefer, you can complete your application form online and submit supporting documents and fees by post.  

Pre-application planning advice

We welcome and encourage discussion before applications are submitted for all types of schemes, so that we can help identify the key issues and resolve any problems in advance. For any enquiries on planning matters please contact the planning section on either 01992 785510, 01992 785566, or by email to

Alternatively, you can visit the Borough Offices (9am-1pm, Monday-Wednesday) where a duty planning officer will be available.

How much will my application cost?

In order to be considered, most applications must also be accompanied by the correct application fee. These are set by the Government and are the same throughout the country.

Changes to permitted development rights for household extensions and changes of use

On 30 May 2013 The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 came into force. This amendment introduced a number of temporary relaxations and/or new procedures for householder extensions, schools, changes of use, extensions to commercial premises, and the removal of prior approval for telecommunications apparatus in conservation areas.

For the new six and eight metre rear householder extensions, there is a new prior approval procedure using a Householder Prior Approval Form.