The best way to apply for planning permission and other consents is online through the government’s Planning Portal. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, attach your documents and pay the appropriate fee using this service.
Before you apply, make sure you have:
- checked if you need permission for the work you want to do
- understood how much an application costs
- checked what information you will need to provide.
There is more information and help about how to apply on the Planning Portal.
If you have any questions, contact us for advice before you start work.
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The information you will need to provide is set out in the Council’s Local List. This includes the national information requirements, such as an application form, location plan and other plans describing the proposed development, and in some cases the local information requirements, such as technical documents on specific planning related issues. The Local List sets out this information for the different application types and provides further guidance on how to prepare the information.
The Local List was adopted by the Council’s Executive Committee on 5 July 2022 and published on our website on 7 July 2022.
Other than the application address - It is requested that personal information, such as personal addresses and signatures are not included on application documents other than the application form.
NB. You do not need planning permission to carry out alterations to the interior of buildings, however if the building is listed you are likely to require listed building consent. If you wish to extend or make external alterations to listed buildings you will require planning permission, unless the proposed development is classed as permitted development under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended), and listed building consent, and a dual application will therefore be necessary. You can contact us if you are unsure which application you need to submit.
When we receive your application we will send you a letter with your application number. If you have sent us all of the information we need, your application will be made valid.
We will look at your application to see how it affects the local area, the environment, and other people, and decide if you can go ahead.
We will usually tell you our decision within 8 weeks. For large or complex applications we will tell you within 13 weeks.
If you have not sent all the information we need your application will be invalid, and we will contact you to tell you what extra information we need.
If this information is not received by the date we ask for it, within a 3 month period (or longer if agreed by the Council) your application will be returned to you in the post and a 25% administration cost will be taken from your planning fee refund. This applies to all planning application types.
You can track the progress of your application online.
If you do not want to apply online, you can download and print a paper form from the Planning Portal to fill in and post to us.
You will need to send in one copy of each document and a cheque for the correct fee. If it is a major application you will need to send 2 copies of each document.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to process your payment in-person at our Customer Service reception. Please include your cheque with your application documents and post it to us at the address provided on the form.