How to apply for planning permission

The quickest and easiest way to apply for planning permission is through the government’s planning website. You can complete the forms, send your plans and documents online.

Apply for planning permission

What happens next?

Your application comes back to us to validate and register. We are required to publish specified information about all planning applications on our website.

We will also consult on it before a decision can be made.

Find out more about the Planning Consultation Process.

We will usually tell you our decision within 8 weeks. The time limit for large or complex applications is 13 weeks and 16 weeks if accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment.  Sometimes we will request your written consent to extend this period.

Find out more about the Planning Decision Process.

Applying on paper

First see our Validation Checklists to make sure you include all the information that we need in order to consider your application. Then download the appropriate application form.


A fee is required for the majority of planning applications. Please remember, the council cannot deal with your application until the correct fee is paid. The fee is not refundable if your application is withdrawn or refused.

You can download a list of planning fees at the current rate:

On 6 December 2023, planning fees increased. Any application received and or made valid on or from the 6th will be subject to the increase planning fee.

Amongst these changes are:

  • an increase in planning application fees by 25% across the board, which will rise to 35% for major schemes based on the legislative interpretation of ‘major development’
  • the provision for a ‘free go’ on application resubmissions will be removed, but individual applications that were already eligible for a free resubmission prior to the change (that is, before 6 December 2023) will remain so
  • an annual rise in application fees linked to inflation (capped at 10% every April from 2025 onwards)

Location plans

All planning applications must be accompanied by a location plan which clearly identifies the site with sufficient roads and buildings on land adjoining the application site to ensure that the exact location of the site is clear.

The application site must be edged clearly with a red line.  (A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site).

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