Making a planning application
Apply for planning permission
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 we hope will give you a better understanding and answer any questions you may have.
We have a system of charges for pre-application advice. If your proposal is a large scheme of work please refer to the system of charges advice note which explains the new charging system, sets out the charges and tells you how you can pay them.
Ways to apply
There are two ways to apply for planning permission online. The benefits of applying online include:
- You can work in your applications in draft before submission
- Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
- Savings on postage and printing costs
- Online record of your completed applications
The Planning Portal
The Planning Portal offers 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.
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 released to us.
I-apply is the easy way to apply for planning permission online. All the forms you need are in one place, from pre-application enquiries to building regulations approval. You can track the progress of your application, and you're automatically notified of any change in its status. The system is simple and easy to use, and works on your mobile too.
- Download the National Standard Planning Application Form (1APP), for the relevant application type, along with the associated guidance documents and checklists. Complete the form and return it to us
What information do you need?
- In most circumstances you will need to submit 1:1250 location plans and 1:500 site layout plans. Specific requirements are provided in the validation checklists for the different types of development. You can buy these plans from the Planning Portal
- Additional information is in the appropriate checklist relating to the application type.
Design and Access Statements
A Design and Access statement may also need to be submitted - see the checklist for your type of application. If you don't fill one in when you need one, your application won't be valid.
For small scale developments such as:
- house extensions
- minor changes of use without significant external alteration to a building
- shopfronts (outside Conservation areas)
you can use our standard Design and Access form.
For all other developments, you need to submit a full statement following our Design and Access guidance.
How much will it cost?
An application cannot be progressed 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.