Make a planning application
Like many planning authorities, Cotswold District Council recently experienced a significant increase in demand for planning approval at the same time as we were experiencing a national shortage of experienced planning officers. This, regrettably, led to applications taking longer to determine than we would have liked.
We have been doing everything we can to improve the situation. We are now fully staffed and our waiting times are reducing. As you will appreciate, it is important to all residents of the district that we make the right decisions in relation to planning applications and we thank you for your patience.
We are putting in place measures to improve our communication with planning applicants so that you know where your individual application is in the process.
As of 1 April 2023 an admin fee of £25.00 will be charged on all applications submitted by email or hard copy.
How to apply for planning permission
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.
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.
How to applyApply for planning permission
Please ensure you check the validation criteria to see what information you will need to send in with your application.
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. An admin fee of £25.00 will be charged on all applications submitted by email or hard copy.
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 up to 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 may need to apply for a non-material amendment.
Check the non-material amendment validation criteria 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.