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Make a planning application

To apply for planning permission you will need to send us:

  • a completed application form
  • the correct fee
  • plans of the site to scale 1:1250 or 1:2500
  • any relevant supporting information known as validation criteria

You may also want to get advice on your application before you submit it.

Application fees

Use the fee calculator to calculate how much you need to pay with your application.

You can pay online through the planning portal when you submit your application. You can also phone customer services on 01285 623000 or use a self-service machine in the council reception.

How to apply

Apply for planning permission

If you prefer to complete a paper form, you can download a planning permission form. Then either post it back to us or deliver it by hand.

You will need to check whether you need to pay Community Infrastructure Levy and submit the CIL additional information form with your application.

What happens next

We will check your application and get in touch with you if there is any information missing. A planning officer will assess your proposal and may visit the site to put up the site notice.

All applications will be made available to view and comment on through Public Access.

For most standard or small planning applications you should have a decision in eight weeks. Larger or more complex applications may take 13 weeks.

Some planning applications might need to be decided by planning committee. If this is the case we will let you know and invite you to speak to the planning committee.

Making changes to your application

Once you have been given planning permission you may need to make a change to your application. If so, you will need to apply for a non-material amendment.

Check theĀ non-material amendment validation criteria (PDF 75KB) to find out what you will need to include in an application to make a change.

Retrospective planning permission

In some cases if you have built something or made changes without permission you can apply for retrospective planning permission.