Submit a Planning Application
We strongly encourage you to make your application online via the national planning portal to help speed up the process.
Using the Planning Portal or experiencing problems using the Planning Portal?
The Planning Portal is the online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. It is not managed by us and therefore, if you experience any problems with submitting applications online, you will need to contact them directly:
- Read the Planning Portal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Planning Portal contact telephone number: 0333 323 4589, which is available from 9am until 5pm
- Email email@example.com
Why you should make your planning application online?
- You will receive instant email notification on receipt of electronic applications
- It speeds up the process at the council
- You can pay online through a secure website
- It's a paperless process
- There's online guidance to help you make your application
- There's useful tools to help you, for example volume and fee calculators
- There's a mapping service, so you can create a site location plan
What do I need to include with my application?
- The application form and ownership certificate (where appropriate) - both signed and dated
- The correct planning fee
- The appropriate plans, drawings and documentation
- Design and access statement (where appropriate)
- Validation checklist
- Any extra copies of forms and documentation
Please note that all information you provide on the application form and in any accompanying documents will normally be published on the council's website. Only the applicant's personal details, such as telephone and email contact details, and signatures, will be routinely blanked out. If you wish to provide information in support of the application which you regard as sensitive or confidential, and which you do not wish to be published as set out above, this must be submitted as a separate document and clearly marked as such. Such information should not be embedded within larger documents where it will be more difficult to identify. You should include with any such separate document an explanation as to why you do not wish the document to be published. The council will consider the request and may need to contact you further regarding the request.
Many applications are incomplete so we cannot make a speedy decision for you. The 5 most common reasons for invalid applications [pdf] 143KB are highlighted in our leaflet.
To make sure your planning application includes the correct information, see the corresponding checklist or our planning requirements before applying.
Submitting major planning applications online
In most cases all we need is the online submission via the Planning Portal.
If your application includes a number of A1 or A0 size plans we will need one complete set (two if the site is in one of the parishes) of plans, drawings and supporting documents in paper format. If an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed, we will need three complete sets in paper format.
You can also send your supporting documents in PDF format on CD.
Types of application
You can make any of the following application types, all of which can be made via the Planning Portal.
- Amendments to approved applications
- Change of use
- Advertisement consent
- Certificate of lawful development
- Listed building consent
- Discharging of planning conditions
- Variation or removal of planning conditions
Depending upon the type of application and the characteristics of the application site you will need to provide different types of information and supporting documentation. There is a core list of national requirements which apply in all cases. We often need other information to explain the impacts of the proposal. These are explained in our local list and you can use the validation checklists to help you decide what you need to submit.
Most applications require a fee which will differ depending on the type of application, information is available on our Planning Fees page.