Apply for planning permission
Make sure you're applying for a property located in the city of Cambridge.
1. Decide how you want to apply
The easiest way to apply is through the
except for the following application types:
- Prior approval for a single-storey rear extension (householders) [RTF, 251kB]
- Prior approval to change the use from B1(a) offices to C3 dwellinghouses [PDF, 134kB].
These application types aren't available on the Planning Portal and must be sent by post, follow the instructions below.
The Planning Portal site has all the relevant information to guide you through making an application.
In writing / by post
You can download the Cambridge city application forms from the Planning Portal (please see the two exceptions above). Follow the on-screen instructions to find the relevant form.
If applying in writing, forms need to be printed and sent by post or delivered by hand to us. We require one copy for householder and minor planning applications. Please contact us to clarify the number of copies required for major planning applications.
2. Assemble the necessary documentation
Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you're planning to work on. The Planning Portal's 'Buy a Plan' service can help to ensure that you meet these requirements.
You also need refer to the local list [PDF], local supplementary list [PDF] and accetable file guidance [PDF, 29kB] - these set out further information that will be required to process your application.
Delayed or invalid applications
Failure to submit a completed application form with all the required documents will result in your application being held up. It's best to submit any information that relates to your application at the outset of your submission.
3. Calculate the fee
All fees need to be paid before an application can be considered.
- Use the online fee calculator (from the Planning Portal) to work out the fee for your specific application.
- Or download the national planning fee sheet from the Planning Portal (look for the green button for the English fees PDF).
4. Pay the fee
- You can pay online through the planning portal as you submit your application.
If you for any reason you can't pay at the time you submit your application, you can call our Customer Service Centre: 01223 457200 to pay over the phone - you'll need the planning portal reference number given on your application.
- If you're sending in a printed application, include a cheque or call our Customer Service Centre to pay over the phone.
5. Submit the application
- If you apply online through the Planning Portal, your application is transferred automatically to us.
- Paper applications should be sent to:
Planning Application Support
Cambridge City Council
PO BOX 700
Cambridge CB1 0JH
We can't accept applications by email.
6. The application process
Full details about:
- the planning application process
- how long it takes
- how the decision is made
- how you can attend and speak at a planning committee
- where and how application decisions are publicised
- starting your development or gaining further approval
can all be found on our planning process page.
Glossary of planning terms
The Planning Portal Glossary is a summary of phrases relating to land use and planning matters in England only. It covers a variety of issues ranging from new development and regeneration, to conservation and environmental protection.
A list of all application types.