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During the Coronavirus outbreak planning applications can still be submitted. Please submit applications via the Planning Portal.

All but absolutely essential site visits have been suspended. We are asking agents/applications to submit photographs to provide information to the case officer. Find out more about submitting photographs.

Site notices will be emailed to the agent/applicant. A dated photograph should be emailed to the case officer showing the notice displayed. If you are unable to display the notice please contact us. Neighbour notifications will continue to be sent out by post.  

We will operate a digital sign off process, along with sending decision notices electronically wherever possible.

We'd love to hear your feedback and monitoring our service levels.

We'd be grateful if you could answer five quick questions on your recent enquiry.

Submit a planning application

You can submit your planning application via the Planning Portal. Alternative service providers for the submission of applications are available.

For information about the different types of planning applications, and what information is needed for your application, please check our Local Validation List.

Please also see the latest planning application fees.

Standards for online applications

  • Drawings should be submitted in a single layer PDF format with correct scale and paper size stated.

  • Other documentation should also be in PDF format.

  • Each file submitted should be no larger than 5mb.

  • Additional material for major applications should be submitted to us on CD/DVD.

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. You can use the Planning Portal's Buy a Plan service to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant.

All applications will need to include scaled drawings that clearly show the property or site you are hoping to develop and the work you are proposing to do. The documents required will depend on the nature of your application site and proposal.

Central Government has introduced national application forms (1APP) which are now compulsory. They have also updated the supporting information required for the validation of applications, which is set out in our Local Validation List

If you submit your application by post, we will require two sets including the original.

Once we have received your application

We will check you have sent everything we need, and send you a letter confirming this within five working days of receipt of your application. If you have not sent us all the information we need, we will contact you to let you know what information is required. If we are unable to validate your application after two weeks from the date we contacted you to request the additional information and / or fee we will return it to you or your agent.

Your application will be allocated to a case officer. The case officer's name, telephone number and email address will be on the first letter we send you or your agent.

We will write to your neighbours and any other individuals, groups and organisations who have an interest in the site. Neighbours are given 21 days to comment on your application and other groups and organisations 14 days. Anyone we consult can write to us to support or object to your application. These letters are put on the case file and can be viewed under the relevant application number.

The case officer will normally visit the site within 10 working days of sending the first letter.

You can find more information about how we decide on a planning application.