Pre-planning advice

All information related to planning and the application process can be found on the Planning Portal website. If you would like more specific advice, you can pay for pre-planning advice from the planning team, which helps provide the likelihood of granting permission, any related issues and recommended actions to take.

Planning applications

You can view planning applications on our planning application page. If you require more specific pre-planning advice, you can find more information on the Planning Portal website or you can apply to receive pre-planning advice, at a charge. You can also track your planning application and decision online through the Planning Portal.

Planning enforcement

Herefordshire Council is responsible for planning enforcement across the county. Failure to comply with planning permission or building regulation requirements can result in large fines or imprisonment. We employ enforcement officers to investigate complaints of unauthorised development and non-compliance with conditions.

Planning searches

You can choose whether to conduct your own search without support and we will order all appropriate files and microfiche back to 1977 which may relate to your site. Once we have the information we will contact you and book an appointment for you at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre (HARC), Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA to view the documents and extract the information you require. There could be numerous files and microfiche to study due to the historic nature of these records. To do this, complete the planning search booking form and select free service. Further information about planning searches.

Alternatively you can choose to pay for a full search of planning history covering all planning applications dating back to 1948 on a site. We will complete the search for you and email you our findings or we will book an appointment for you at HARC where you will be able to review the documentation. 

The statutory planning register can also be viewed at HARC. Please email planningdesk@herefordshire.gov.uk to make an appointment.

You can receive general advice on the planning application process, submit applications and make payments at The Hereford Centre at Blueschool House, Blueschool Street. Hereford customer service centre opening hours are:

  • Monday to Wednesday 10am to 4.15pm
  • Thursday 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 10am to 4.15pm