Submit a Planning Application

The easiest way to submit a planning application is to use the Planning Portal - the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.

Start a planning application

Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

The benefits of applying online include:

  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • Save on postage and printing costs
  • Online help when completing applications
  • Record of your completed applications
  • Easy online payment

You can also complete your application form online and submit supporting documents by post.

Paper Application Forms

Paper copies of the forms can be downloaded from Planning Portal Paper Form Chooser.

Local validation

In addition to the national criteria, information specific to our district is required. Please ensure you have read our validation requirements and addressed any issues covered.

See below for the Validation Checklist, Local Validation Requirements Matrix and Key to Matrix of Requirements. To speed up the validation process, read our best practice guide on submitting electronic applications, given below.

Working on a property in Letchworth Garden City? You may need consent from the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

How much will my planning application cost?

You can find details of all our Planning Application Fees here.

The easiest way to find the fee for an application is to use the Planning Portal's Online Fee Calculator.

Planning Application Fee Increase

The Government has announced that there will be an increase in the planning fees by 20%. The new fees will come into effect on 17 January 2018.

The new regulations also allow local authorities to charge a planning application fee where permitted development rights have been withdrawn. Such applications are currently free but will now attract the appropriate fee for the application.

The increase means that the standard rate of £385 (application fee for each new dwelling) will go up to £462 and a householder planning application will increase from £172 to £206.

For a complete list of all applicable planning fees please see the new amendment regulations Statutory Instrument 2017 No 1314 (below).

Methods of payment

You can pay online through our Online Payments service.

Payments by card can also be made over the telephone to 01462 474206, or in person at the Council Offices.