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Apply for pre-application advice
You can seek pre-application advice from our planning team before submitting a formal planning application. We can provide policy-based advice and tell you whether your application is likely to be viewed favourably by officers. We can also advise on how to make your proposal more acceptable.Apply for pre-application advice (PDF, 331 KB)
After receiving your request, we will contact you to arrange a site visit within 10 working days of receipt of the application. In some cases, a site visit will be followed by a meeting. For more complex projects, we may also issue a written response following a meeting.
If necessary, our planning team may seek input from specialists, such as tree and landscape, urban design and conservation officers. Additional charges may apply if specialist input is required.
During the planning application process, we encourage you to consider the compliance of your design with building regulations. We may be able to arrange a meeting with a surveyor from Hertfordshire Building Control who can review your proposal and advise on compliance issues. Building control is separate to planning and requires a separate application and approval.
Please note that the pre-application service cannot confirm whether proposed developments or amendments to existing planning permission will require planning permission. Such determinations can only be made following a formal planning application.
We provide formal follow-up advice where amendments have been made to a proposal in response to the planning officer’s comments. It is at the discretion of the planning team as to whether to accept proposals based on follow-up advice. If a follow-up proposal is materially different or does not respond to officer comments, a full pre-application fee may be required.