Apply for planning permission
How do I apply for planning permission?
You can apply for planning permission in one of two ways – online or by completing a paper submission.
Submitting your planning application online through the national Planning Portal is the preferred and recommended method of submission. The application, and all supplied information, will then be passed to us to consider.
You can use the Planning Portal to get advice, complete forms, upload plans and other supporting information and pay any required fee. You will need to register an account to complete an application.
The benefits of applying online include:
- immediate delivery and acknowledgement
- online help function when completing applications
- savings on postage and printing costs
- online record of your completed applications
- you can work on your applications in draft before submission
From 1 May 2018, we have introduced an Interim Local Validation List [PDF, 159Kb] which informs both applicants and agents what supporting information will be required in order to make a planning application valid.
The level of information needs to be proportionate to the size and type of application and the local list requires only information that is necessary to the consideration of the application in accordance with paragraph 193 of the NPPF and the guidance contained within the Planning Practice Guidance.
Paper application forms can be accessed from the Planning Portal website.
You can use the ‘paper form chooser’ to find out which planning form you need and access the help text and guidance notes:
Alternatively, if you know what kind of planning form you need, you can access and print the relevant documents from the following list:
- full planning permission
- outline planning permission – all matters reserved
- outline planning permission – some matters reserved
- approval of reserved matters
- householder planning consent
- removal or variation of conditions
- discharge of planning conditions
- listed building consent
- application for planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area
- work to trees – work to trees help text and guidance notes
- hedgerow removal – hedgerow removal help text and guidance notes
- prior notification – proposed building (agricultural or forestry development)
- prior notification – proposed road (agricultural or forestry development)
- prior notification – proposed excavation or waste (agricultural or forestry development)
- prior notification – proposed fish tank/cage (agricultural or forestry development)
- prior notification – telecommunication operators
- prior notification – proposed demolition of building
- display of advertisements
- lawful development certificate – existing use
- lawful development certificate – proposed use
- lawful development certificate – proposed works to a listed building with guidance note
- notification of a larger home extension with guidance note
- notification of a proposed change of use to dwelling(s)
- prior approval of proposed change of use to state funded school
- prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a flexible use within shops, financial an professional services, restaurants and cafes, business, storage or distribution, hotels or assembly or leisure
- prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a state-funded school or registered nursery
- prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a dwellinghouse (Use Class C3)
- prior approval of proposed change of use of a building from a retail use (Use Class A1 or A2) or a mixed retail and residential use to a use falling within Use Class C3 (dwellinghouse)
- extending the time limits of existing planning permission with application form help text and guidance note
- application for non material amendments following planning permission with application form help, guidance note and notice for non material amendment applications
If you submit your application in paper form, you must provide one set of all submitted forms, documents and plans. For larger proposals it is helpful if you provide an extra copy.
You can submit an application by post or in person.
Details about the new changes to permitted development rights, how it works and an online application form are now available to view and use.
Application forms for ‘non-material amendments’ and ‘extending the time limits of applications’ cannot be completed online, but can be found as documents on the Planning Portal website :
The Planning Portal website offers an online fee calculator.
You can also download a full fees list from the Planning Portal if required.
In line with new government regulations, planning fees will increase for applications submitted after 17 January 2018.
- Design and access statements [PDF, 31Kb]
- Design and access statements explained [PDF, 199Kb]
- Scheme of delegation for determining planning applications [PDF, 31Kb]
- Code of practice for members and officers [PDF, 49Kb]
- Development and Flood Risk Guidance Note [PDF, 167Kb]
- Validation Checklist [PDF, 158Kb]
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