Forms and guides

Charges for Enquiries & Documents

Fees for Solicitor/Homeowner enquiries and for providing copies of approval documents and plans. A retrospective application fee is £216.00 (incl. VAT) for up to 3 alterations.

Design Principles - Heritage Character Area

Our Design Principles for homes in the Heritage Character Area.

Design Principles - Modern Character Area

Our Design Principles for homes in the Modern Character Area.

Looking after your heritage character home 

This guide gives you an idea of the general maintenance your character property may require. 

General maintenance ensures that your property retains its quality and value. Water ingress and ventilation are the biggest challenges when considering our older housing.

Simply checking roofs, chimneys, rainwater guttering and drainage regularly can avoid more significant problems later on. If caught early enough a broken downpipe could be replaced without further damage and the possibility of more costly and extensive repairs at a later date. Older traditional buildings were designed to breathe and ventilation is very important to help maintain the building fabric. 

Designing an annexe

Our guide explains the best way to progress your annex ideas and what we may be looking for.

Each annex proposal will be considered on its own merits and we would like you to meet with us and other organisations, who may be able to help, at an early stage to progress ideas through to the best possible outcome.

External Alterations - Application Form

This application form is for anyone looking to make changes to their home.

This includes: door replacements, replacement windows, frontage alterations including hedges, fencing and gates, and re-roofing, balconies, conservatories, extensions, flues/chimneys, frontage hardstandings, garages, loft conversions, outbuildings/sheds, porches, roof alterations, satellite dishes over 60cm in diameter and solar/PV panels. 

Why do you need our permission?

Letchworth Garden City has a Scheme of Management which means that most homes require our approval before any external changes are made.

Some properties have similar requirements in their leases. These controls help us to work with you, to protect the special character of the Garden City.

Factsheet - Buying the freehold of your house

Find out more about the process of buying the freehold of your house with these useful facts and information.

Extending the leasehold of your flat

Find out more about the process of extending the lease on your flat with these useful facts and information.

Design Principles for New Housing Developments

The Design Principles outlined in this publication relate to proposals for new dwellings in all Character Areas of Letchworth Garden City.

Scheme of Management

The ‘Scheme of Management’ applies to all freehold premises within the Letchworth Garden City estate. The document gives obligations (or covenants) on freehold property owners, covering a number of areas including restrictions on the cutting down trees and hedges to running a business from home.

Tree or hedge removal - Application Form

This form is for anyone looking to remove a tree or hedge.

Your application will need:

  • A short report from a tree surgeon, on headed paper - including details of the location of the tree/hedge, species, height, faults and any proposed replacement species where appropriate (we’ll need this before we can proceed with your application);
  • Your tree surgeon’s recommendations;
  • A photograph of the tree/hedge.

After receiving all the information above, our Tree Specialist will make an inspection before we grant permission. This usually takes around three to four weeks.

Why do you need our permission?

Letchworth Garden City has a Scheme of Management which means that in most cases trees and hedges require our approval before they are removed.

Some properties have similar requirements in their leases. These controls help us to work with you, to protect the special character of the Garden City.

Licence to work from home

Under the terms of your deeds, as either a freeholder or leaseholder, you may not be allowed to run a business from your home without our prior written consent.

We understand that working from home is an increasingly attractive option for everyone, however, in order to protect neighbours and safeguard the quality of the Garden City environment, we ask home working residents to seek permission by registering their home business activity.

If we agree that your business doesn’t adversely affect your neighbours or surroundings, we will issue you an annual licence.

As of 1st September 2017, a licence fee of £300 (plus VAT) will be payable for the first year, with a renewable 3 year licence charged at £450 (plus VAT).

Download the application form to apply for a licence to use your home for business.

Residential Enquiries Form - Estate Agents & Solicitors

Selling your property in Letchworth Garden City?

Have any external changes been made to the property?

Working with your Estate Agent & Solicitor, we are here to help.