The Planning Application Process

This section will provide you with information on how the planning process works and is divided into the following sections:

Do you need Planning Permission?
Pre-Application Stage
Making an Application
Planning Committee
Post Application

You may still need other kinds of approvals such as:

Advertisement Consent 
Listed Building Consent   
Herts County Council Drop Kerb Application   
Building Control       
Application for Tree Works

Useful guide:

A guide to Greening Your Home

Overview of Planning Process:

The planning process will usually take 8 weeks (or 13 weeks for major applications) and will include a site visit by the case officer, consultation with neighbours, statutory bodies and other interested bodies, before a decision is made. However, some applications may go to the Planning Committee which may extend the determination period.

Planning applications may be viewed at the Council’s Customer Service Centre between 8.30am and 5.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and between 8.30am and 5pm (Fridays), or alternatively, you can views plans via Planning Online

Customer Service-Charter (February 2022) (pdf)

Planning Aid England:

Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional help, advice and support on planning issues to people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant. Planning Aid complements the work of local authorities but is wholly independent of them.

Planning Aid is part of a charity and is operated through a small team of paid staff and a network of volunteers of qualified Town and Country planners.

Please visit the Planning Aid Website for more information or ring the helpline on 0870 8509801.

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