Planning and Building Control

The role of Planning and Building Control cannot be underestimated in its history and journey to continue to make St Albans the attractive place it is to live, work and visit. The department has overall responsibility for controlling the use and development of land for homes and buildings in a sustainable way and our Local Plan is out to public consultation in the Autumn.

These are exciting times for our Council. As the economy is strengthening, this increases public demand for our services. Our team continues to grow and develop to meet this increase in service expectation.

We are one of the busiest planning departments in the country and continue to see increasing demand for a variety of developments, ranging from proposals in the green belt, conservation areas, nationally significant heritage assets, the City Centre to neighbourhood centres.

The Department employs 65 staff within three main sections:

  • Development Management: determines planning applications for developments, building works including extensions and other alterations to existing builds. The team provides pre-application advice on what might be considered acceptable to the Local Planning Authority.  The Planning Enforcement team investigates and resolves breaches of planning control negotiating with individuals to rectify or regularise the breach.
  • Building Control: ensures that all newly erected, extended and altered buildings within the district meet building regulation requirements, and are constructed to a standard that protects people’s health, safety, welfare and convenience.
  • Spatial Planning & Design: is responsible for all aspects of planning policy in St Albans City and District. It aims to regulate the development and use of land in the public interest, promote quality of life, meet local needs and reconcile the demand for development and the protection of the environment.