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.
  • Water Management Statement (Householders): Local planning authorities have to take responsibility to take account of water - in flooding and draining matters as material considerations in determining planning applications of new developments, please see guidance note for more information.
  • National and Local Requirements - Different types of planning applications require different kinds of background information in order for us to validate and process them.  Applying for permissions sometimes requires you to supply a variety of plans, statements and other documentation before we can begin to process it as a valid application.  If you do not provide this information then we cannot validate your application and will be unable to process it and issue a decision on your proposals.  Due to the complex nature of the planning laws and regulations certain applications may not always require the same background information as others.  The National and Local Requirements provide applicants with clear guidance on the information required to accompany different types of planning applications.  They help to ensure that the information they provide is appropriate to the type of application being made.

    The document document National and Local Planning Application Requirements consist of two parts:

    National validation requirements

    Contains compulsory requirements for applications,(also the checklists against each application form provides this information) including some matters that are required by law.

    Local validation requirements

    Contains additional items of information that will be required for certain applications and in certain circumstances.  We have also produced a validation checklist for each type of application to assist you in ensuring that you provide all the relevant information. This is the Local Requirements List (As from 21 November 2017) and we would also advise to refer to our Policy section and The National Planning Policy Framework where PPS's have been revoked)

    The following list are the most common requirements that causes a planning application to be incorrect when it is received. It is important to note the requirements asked to be supplied with a planning application are in line with the Planning Practice Guidance>Guidance>Making an application.

  • Design and Access Statement: In some circumstances, a design and access statement will be required, please see the guidance note for more information.
  • Water Management Advisory Note - click here (Householder) or (General Development or larger).  Local Planning (LPA's have a responsibility to take account of water - in both flooding and drainage matters as material considerations in the determination of planning applications for new developments. 
  • 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.