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.
Please note that current application processing times may be longer than normal due to an unforeseen reduction in staff. Every effort is being made to keep this to a minimum.
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.
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 Fees
The fee regulations allow local authorities to charge a planning application fee where permitted development rights have been withdrawn. Such applications attract the appropriate fee for the application.
For a complete list of all applicable planning fees please see the amendment regulations Statutory Instrument 2017 No 1314 (below).
Methods of payment
You can pay online through our Online Payments service.
Please note: due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are currently not able to accept cheque payments for applications.