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How do I apply for planning permission?

Information on how to apply and the forms you are most likely to need

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The easiest way to apply for planning permission is online through the Planning Portal, which is a government website with lots of useful information and an online help function. Applying online saves on postage and printing, with the benefit of your application being delivered immediately to us.

What do I submit with my application?

For every application, you will need to submit a form and various other plans and documents. Most applications require as a minimum:

  • A completed application form
  • A location plan scaled at 1:1250 or 1:2500 (if rural) with the site outlined in red, and any adjoining land in the same ownership outlined in blue. The plan needs to show a North point.
  • A site plan scaled at 1:200 or 1:500 showing the proposed works, any trees on site, fences, anything to be demolished. (Essentially anything that is there now and anything that is proposed.)
  • Existing and Proposed elevation and floor plans at a recognised scale i.e 1:150 or 1:50
  • pdf icon Fees [613kb] if required
  • Any other information required by the 'validation checklists'. These will explain the information you need to submit and can be found with our planning forms. Please read these carefully to avoid delays in processing your application.

We do appreciate that the planning system can be complex, and always recommend that you employ the use of an agent or architect to help you with your submission.

How will I know what I have submitted is correct?

We have a pdf icon validation aid [83kb] you can refer to before you send in your application, so you can check everything is included.