Planning and Building Control

Planning Permission

Many works to land, home or business require planning permission, listed building consent or conservation area consent. More information on Planning Permission

Building Control

Apply for building regulations approval, request a site inspection or find out about conserving energy and providing facilities for people with disabilities.More information on Building Control

Covenant Control

If you own a property in Harlow (excluding Church Langley) you may need to seek approval to make alterations to the property or carry out works due to a Covenant. More information on Covenant Control


Conservation Areas have a legal status as areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Harlow has 10 Conservation Areas, over 168 Statutory Listed Buildings and 26 Listed Buildings which all contribute to the heritage of the district. More information on Conservation Areas

Planning Register

Search for and comment on a planning application, complete with any associated documentation. Submit, view and comment on planning applications

Open front parking

Many properties in Harlow have reasonably sized front or rear gardens that could be converted into a car parking space. More information on open front parking consent

Tree works

If you are planning works to protected trees with a Tree Preservation Order or located within a designated Conservation Area, you will need to apply for consent before starting. More information on Tree works

High Hedges

If you have exhausted all avenues for resolving your high hedge dispute with your neighbour, you can bring your complaint to Harlow Council to adjudicate on whether the hedge is adversely affecting reasonable enjoyment of your property and the impact on wider community. More information on High Hedges


Harlow Council investigates alleged breaches of planning controls and carries out enforcement action. More information on enforcement or report a breach

Planning Policy

Planning policies manage the future development of Harlow and are used to determine planning applications, guiding development and land use in Harlow. More information on Planning Policy

Street naming and numbering

Harlow Council manages and is the authority for the naming and numbering of streets and houses to ensure duplication does not occur. More information on street naming and numbering

Development Management Committee

This committee makes decisions on planning applications, authorise enforcement action and uses powers relating to the preservation of trees, hedgerows and the protection of listed buildings. More information on the Development Management Committee