How to Make a Planning Application

Apply for planning permission online via the national Planning Portal website.

The Planning Portal website allows the general public, or agents acting on the behalf of the public, to submit planning applications online. This saves time and expense, and can help to speed up the planning application process.

All planning applications forms, including pre application advice forms & guidance notes providing clarification on which forms should be completed.

  • Pre-Application Advice: Do you need a planning application or information on the pre-application advice available?
  • Application Forms: An application should be made on the correct forms. You can submit an application online via the Planning Portal.
  • Planning Application Checklists: Please check the planning application validation checklists before submitting a planning application.
  • Plans and Drawings: Guidance on what plans to submit with the application.
  • Fees: In most cases, you have to pay a fee, set by the Government, to submit the application. If you are in any doubt as to what is required or what the planning fee should be, we will be able to help you.
  • Design and Access Statement: In some circumstances, a design and access statement will be required, please see the guidance note for more information.
  • Your Application: A simple guide to the decision making process
  • Homeowner's guide: Submitting a Building Regulations Application
  • Guidance Note: Conversion of Agricultural buildings to dwellings under permitted development - Class MB of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended).

Site Location and Block Layout Plans

Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan, showing the location and boundaries of the site you are proposing 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.

Common Questions