Making a planning application

Apply for planning permission

Ways to apply 

The Planning Portal 

The Planning Portal is an online way to apply for planning permission. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, buy site location plans, upload supporting documents and pay fees online. 

The benefits of applying online include: 

  • You can work on your application in draft before submission 
  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement 
  • Savings on postage and printing costs 
  • Online record of your completed applications 
  • Once submitted your application goes straight into our system, so there is no manual processing 

If you choose to apply using the Planning Portal, you must pay all the application fees to them, using their payments system. If you don't, your application will not be sent to us. 

Please note there is a service charge for using the Planning Portal. This fee goes directly to the Planning Portal and is not collected by Pendle Borough Council. If you do not want to use the Planning Portal to submit your application, you can download planning application forms from the Planning portal and send to 

Register and apply with the Planning Portal  

Pre-application advice

It's a really good idea to discuss your proposals with us before submitting a planning application.

We have a Guide to the Development Management Process which will answer any questions you may have.

We have a system of charges for pre-application advice

What information do you need?  

Biodiversity net gain

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is a statutory requirement for major planning applications from January 2024 and for minor applications from April 2024. Planning applications must include the correct BNG information. The Biodiversity net gain guidance explains the process and what will be required.

We must consider how we can conserve and enhance biodiversity as described in the Biodiversity Duty First Consideration document.

How much will it cost?

How to pay?

  • Pay online - select Planning and Building Control from the 'All Categories' dropdown box. You must use the site address or case number as the reference.
  • Telephone 01282 661661 - say whether you are paying for a Planning Application or Pre-application advice. Use the site address or case number as the reference.
  • From your bank (BACS payment). Use these details:
    • Bank Name: Lloyds Bank Plc
    • Sort Code: 30-11-48
    • Account number: 00846389
    • Account Name: Borough of Pendle
    • Reference: Site address or case number

We cannot process your application until all the necessary supporting information and the correct fee have been received. Once you have paid a fee for a valid application, we can't give you a refund. 

If you are in any doubt, get in touch

Planning and Enforcement

Please leave a message on the answerphone and an officer will return your call as soon as possible. Messages are usually picked up twice a day.

Planning and Building Control,
Town Hall,
Market Street,

Tel: 01282 661333