Last Modified May 08, 2013
All requests for pre-application advice must be made using our application form. Please note that you must provide the minimum level of information set out in the form to ensure that timely advice can be given.
You can email your application to email@example.com or send it to us at our main offices.
Contacting us before formally submitting a planning application can be critically important and should provide you with a clear understanding of the objectives of, and constraints on, development, as well as provide an opportunity for wider engagement, where appropriate, with other stakeholders, including the local community.
Pre-application engagement can:
Identify opportunities for scheme improvements at a stage when a proposal can still be modified, resulting in higher quality developments;
Significantly increase the likelihood of gaining planning permission;
Allow more opportunity to coordinate investment;
Help to communicate the vision and objectives for the area;
Develop a shared understanding of constraints, opportunities and context;
Agree information requirements and identify schemes which are unlikely to be supported;
Establish timescales and explain administrative processes; and
Reduce delays through early engagement of key parties.
Some householder development work does not require planning permission, or is classed as permitted development. Use the Planning Portal Interactive House for guidance on many common householder projects.
Interactive guidance for householders
This guide offers information about common household projects. It is being delivered in partnership with the local authority and the Government's Planning Portal.
Please note: links in the guide will take you to the Planning Portal website.
Applications submitted without pre-application discussions and which require significant amendments to make the development acceptable are likely to be refused.
Other available pre-application advice
Hertfordshire County Council Highways Development Control has design guide and planning obligations toolkit. They also encourage pre-application communication (Phone: 0300 123 4047).
Our information on dropped kerbs and cross-overs gives an overview of what you need to know if you would like to have a kerb lowered (also known as a vehicle crossover) to enable you to drive your vehicle across a footway and / or verge onto your property.
There are also other statutory bodies which you may wish to consult with about your proposal:
You can contact our duty planning officer between 9am and 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 9am and 5pm on Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.