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Register with the Planning Portal

If you haven't already, you'll need to register with the Planning Portal for a planning application account before being able to make a planning application.

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Making a planning application

If you have already registered on the Planning Portal, you can begin an application.

Planning application fees

There are different fees you will need to pay us depending on the type of application you are submitting.

You can find out the cost of your planning application by referring to the Planning Portal.

Please note that Regulations to introduce the 20% increase in planning fees were made on 20 December 2017 so we were able to start applying the fee increase from 17 January 2018.

The Regulations also introduced the following fees:

  • A new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectares for Permission in Principle applications.
  • The ability for us to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 Directions or by condition.
  • A fee of £96 for prior approval applications (non-householder) to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017.

Alternatively, you can also use the fees calculator and the volume calculator which are on the National Planning Portal website.

How to pay

You can pay for your application by cheque made payable to Stevenage Borough Council. Send the cheque with your application to our Planning and Development team.

Alternatively, once you have submitted your application, you can pay by debit or credit card over the phone by calling 01438 242166.

If you have any questions about payment or application fees, please contact our Validation Team on 01438 242166.

Please note that we are looking to provide an online payment system.

Professional advice

Before choosing any professional advisor, you will need to consider talking to a number of people who specialise in the type of work you want to do; whether you want to work with a professional from a small, medium or large practice and seeking a personal recommendation from your family or friends.

Queries and questions

If you have any questions about a particular application you are looking to submit to us, you can contact our duty planning officer between 9am and 1pm at our main offices.

Development Management Team

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242838