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Making Planning Applications: Ashford Borough Council

Making Planning Applications

Pre Application Advice - Making an Application - Contact Us

Stage 1 - Do you need planning permission?

Before making an application check if you need planning permission. Some types of building work have already been granted planning permission by national legislation.

Don’t forget that even if planning permission is not needed then Building Regulation consent may well still be.

 Stage 2 – Pre-application advice

Before you make an application we strongly encourage you to discuss your ideas with us first.  We offer a Pre application advice service which is free for householders and proposals that would bring more jobs into the area. There is a small charge for all other types of development.

Pre application advice can save time and money.

Stage 3 – Making the application

Apply online at the Planning Portal.  

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It's quick, easy and comes direct to us.  It saves paper and can save you money.

See the video tutorials on the Planning Portal or read the guidance notes on how to submit an application on line.

Make sure your application is valid and complete when you submit as this will save a lot of time. Our validation page has lots of helpful advice including the 5 reasons for invalidity [pdf] 143KB why an application is invalid when we receive it. 

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Contact Us

More information is available on our Contact Us page.

In Person
Ashford Gateway or Tenterden Gateway.


By Letter
Planning Help, Ashford Borough Council
Civic Centre, Ashford
TN23 1PL

01233 331111 


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