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 The fee is not refundable if your application is withdrawn or refused.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, which changed on 17 January 2018:

Increase to planning fees from 17 January 2018

National planning application fees are increasing from 17 January 2018. Parliamentary approval has been given to legislation that will increase fees by 20% in England.

Our planning application fees will reflect this and all applications submitted from this date will require payment of the new fee.

These Regulations will also introduce:

  • the ability for authorities to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition
  • a fee of £96 for prior approval applications to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017
  • a new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectare for Permission in Principle applications to be introduced 1st June 2018

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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