Making Planning Applications
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.
- If you want to alter or extend your home check with the Planning Portal Interactive House to decide if you need to apply to the council for permission.
- A business looking to change the use of the building or extend may require planning permission but check Planning for Business.
- If you are not sure and want us to confirm if planning permission is required apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development
Don’t forget that even if planning permission is not needed then Building Regulation consent may well still be.
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.
Apply online at the Planning Portal.
It's quick, easy and comes direct to us. It saves paper and can save you money.
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.
More information is available on our Contact Us page.
Planning Help, Ashford Borough Council
Civic Centre, Ashford