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.
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.
Fees and charges
Every application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Full details of planning application charges are available at the Planning Portal.
Use the Planning Portal's Fee Calculator to calculate the fee for an application.
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regulations allow local authorities to charge a planning application fee where permitted development rights have been withdrawn.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).
How to pay
You can pay online through our Online Payments service by selecting Payment for Other Services and then selecting Planning.
You will need your planning application reference number.
Publicity of planning applications
Once a planning application is registered, all information, apart from signatures, personal email addresses and personal telephone numbers, will be made publicly available on our Planning Application search pages. Individuals and organisations offering their services may contact you. The Council does not endorse or approve any builders, surveyors, trades persons or other supplier, and advises householders to obtain quotes/references and check the legitimacy of any contractor who contacts them before making payment.