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Guidance on making a planning application

1. Selecting the correct application

When looking to apply for planning permission you will first need to establish what type of consent you require. We have different forms for different types of application. If you are unsure about which form applies to you please contact us for advice. Application forms and / or Guidance notes are available to download from this site. In some cases you may be required to submit more than one type of application. For example, if you are proposing to carry out significant works to a listed building you would normally require both Listed Building and Detailed consents.

Alternatively you can now apply for permission online through our partnership with Planning Portal. Simply complete your online application form, attach any plans and submit your fee and it will be sent direct to us automatically.

2. Calculating your planning fee

Planning fees for planning applications are set by central government and vary depending on the nature of the development you wish to carry out. Details of current planning fees are available on this site. Alternatively you can use the electronic Fee Calculator available from Planning Portal (links to external site)

3. Deciding what you need to submit to support your application

As part of the City Council's objective of trying to continuously improve services, we are seeking to ensure that applications for planning permission (and other types of consent) contain all the information needed by the Planning authority to make a decision from the point at which they are registered. This helps planning officers to deal with the application efficiently. It also ensures that third parties consultees can have a full picture of what is being proposed and in the long run should help to obtain a speedier decision.

When your application is received it will be vetted for accuracy and for the fullness of the information supplied. It will not be registered if relevant information is missing.

For guidance on what you will need to submit with your application, please see our Validation Checklist. (pdf, 842kb)

If you are considering employing an architect ensure they are registered with the Architects’ Registration Board – the government body which maintains the Register listing every architect in the UK at http://www.architects-register.org.uk/.

Page last updated: 
11 November 2017
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