Before submitting a Planning Application
Getting the right advice early can save you time, money and significantly improve your chances of gaining planning permission. You can obtain planning advice from an architect, planning consultant or our planning team.
You can also learn more about the planning process on our website by:
- reading our FAQs for answers to common planning questions
- reading our planning policies and planning guidance to familiarise yourself with policies relevant to your proposal
How do I apply for planning permission?
Applications need to be submitted through the Planning Portal website. The Planning Portal will guide you through the application submission and what you will need to submit with your application. To help you ensure you have everything ready for this please see our Planning Validation Guide. This will make the process as smooth as possible.
Don’t forget if you want pre-application advice on your ideas why not use our planning advice service or speak to one of our Planning Officers.
You may find it helpful to see if there have been other applications in your area. Use our search facility to find current or past planning applications and associated documents.
Submitting a Planning Application
Please note due to Coronavirus - we are no longer accepting planning applications through the post.
After submitting a Planning Application
We aim to make a decision on your planning application within 8 weeks or 13 weeks for a major application.
Sometimes the Authority may have to extend this period, for example if a lot of people are affected by the proposed development, it is very complicated or needs to be determined by the Development Management Committee. You will be notified of this in advance.
Development Management Committee
If your planning application has been refused or has been approved with conditions you aren't happy with, you should always speak to us in the first case.
It may be that an amended application with some changes will be acceptable, in which case you can use the Planning Portal to amend and resubmit your application in most cases for no additional cost.
If, after discussing your case with us, you do not agree with the planning decision you have received you can appeal the decision online via the Planning Inspectorate's Appeals Portal.