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Online applications

We encourage you to submit your application online through the Planning Portal website.

The site has all the relevant information to guide you through making an application.

Postal applications

You can download the relevant application form, along with help text and a validation checklist, from the table at the bottom of the page.

If you choose to use these forms, they need to be printed and sent by post or delivered by hand to our Customer Service Centre with the plans and any other supporting documents.

Use the online fee calculator to find out costs applicable to your specific application. Fee payments [PDF] can be made either online, by sending a cheque or alternatively, by credit or debit card (please contact the Customer Service Centre). For details on fee exemptions please refer to the guide to planning application fees [PDF, 67kB].

All applications

Please also refer to the local list [PDF], local supplementary list [PDF] and acceptable file guidance [PDF] - these set out further information that may be requested during the processing of your application.

Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. Please refer to the Planning Portal's 'Buy a Plan' service to ensure that you meet these requirements.

Failure to submit a completed application form, validation checklist and all documents required, will result in your application being held up. Remember, it is best to submit any information that relates to your application at the outset of your submission.

Once the application has been received and registered as valid (all required information present) we will:

  • Aim to determine the application within eight or 13 weeks, depending on the application type
  • Publish your application form and supporting documents on our website
  • We will contact relevant statutory consultees, eg English Heritage, Highways Authority and Environmental Health, asking them for their comments
  • We will notify neighbouring properties of your application

Pre-application advice

We welcome and encourage you to discuss your plans with us before you submit a planning application. We provide a range of support and advice and for more information please read our Pre-application advice pages.


Choosing an architect, surveyor or building engineer

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the body set up by parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects. For an individual to use the title architect he or she must be registered with the ARB. There are around 34,000 architects on the register; you can search the ARB online register to find an architect near you.

Surveyors must be members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS maintain a searchable Register of Chartered Surveyors.

The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) is a leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of building construction. You can search the ABE online register to find a building engineer near you.

Before choosing any professional advisor, you might want to think about:

  • talking to a number who specialise in the type of work you are thinking of doing
  • whether you want to work with a professional from a large, medium or small practice
  • seeking a personal recommendation from family or friends

Application forms

Important notice: The forms below state that four copies of the submitted paperwork are required. We actually only require one copy for householder and minor planning applications. Please liaise with the Planning department to clarify the number of copies required for major planning applications.

The following processes can all be completed online at www.planningportal.gov.uk/apply.

For further information about choosing which application form is appropriate for your building project, visit the Planning Portal’s advice pages on application types.

Application nameForms
1. Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling
2. Householder Application for Planning Permission for works or extension to a dwelling and for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area
3. Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and listed building consent
4. Application for planning permission
5. Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved
6. Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved
7. Application for Planning Permission and for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area
8. Application for planning permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
9. Application for planning permission and consent to display advertisement(s)
10. Application for planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area
11. Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
12. Application for consent to display an advertisement(s)
13. Application for consent to display an advertisement and application for listed building consent Under review: Not currently available
14. Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition
15. Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development
16. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed building
17. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed road
18. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - excavation/ waste material
19. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed fish tank (cage)
20. Application for prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code system operators
21. Application for hedgerow removal notice Contact the arboricultural team for more details
22. Application for prior notification of proposed demolition
23. Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval
25 and 26. Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission
27. Application for approval of details reserved by condition
31. Application for works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order and/or notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas
32. Application for listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of a listed building and consent to display an advertisement(s) Under review: Not currently available
33. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission, in order to extend the time limit for implementation. Application for replacement of associated listed building and/or conservation area consents in order to extend the time limit for implementation
34. Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission
35. Prior approval householder for single-storey rear extensions
36. Prior approval change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 dwellinghouses
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