Firstly, check that you require planning permission by reading work that needs planning permission. We also recommend pre-application discussions.
For general information, you can use government sites such as the planning portal. We can offer advice through the pre-application service for which a fee is payable.
For this, we will provide information about the relevant planning policies and site history and, where appropriate, our standards for things such as car parking provision and private amenity space, but we cannot tell you for certain whether or not you will get permission. This is because applications involve public participation and consultation with other bodies and decisions are sometimes made by the Planning Committee. It is not always possible to anticipate the final outcome of an application.
How to submit an application
Making an application online on the planning portal is the most efficient way to submit your proposals.
Submit a planning application
The portal offers a quick and easy way to apply, with online help available. You can upload your supporting documents and pay your application fee online. Submitting your application online saves on postage and gives you immediate verification of your submission.
When submitting a planning application via the planning portal, you won't be able to make a payment via cheque or telephone. Planning portal submissions will only be accepted with an online payment made at the time of submission.
If you have submitted your application by post, via your agent or if your application has been identified as invalid due to the incorrect fee being received by us, you must pay the amount owed by completing the following form:
Pay a planning application fee
Time to process applications
Minor applications take between six and eight weeks to be processed and have a decision sent out. Major applications take up to 13 weeks to process, or 16 weeks if accompanied by an environmental impact assessment.
If valid, we aim to register and acknowledge within five working days. If the application is found to be invalid, you will be written to separately and asked to provide the necessary information. Your application will not be processed until the missing information is received, if the information is not received within the time specified, we reserve the right to nullify your submission and take no further action.
The acknowledgement letter will provide the name of the Case Officer dealing with the application and a target date by which we aim to make a decision. No contact will be entered into regarding an update on the progress of the application. The application progress and any important target dates can be tracked using public access.
Consultation and publicity
We publicise applications and ask the views of neighbours and other interested parties, where appropriate, before making a decision.
Consultation letters and neighbour notification letters will generally be sent out within one week of receiving a valid application. A site notice may also be displayed and a notice may appear in The Enquirer. Unless otherwise required by legislation, consultees and neighbours will be allowed 21 days to comment, after which the application may be determined.
Amendments and additional information
If your proposal raises planning or design issues but could be overcome by some minor amendment(s), and where you agree to extend the time for determination, where practicable, the Case Officer will contact you or your agent to discuss whether it is feasible to revise the scheme. A reasonable time period will be given so that you can send us amended drawings. If, at the end of that period, we have not received the amendments, we will determine the application as originally submitted.
If there are fundamental planning issues arising from the scheme then we will not contact you and your application will be determined as submitted. Unless you hear from us to the contrary then you should receive a decision notice no later than week 8 from your application being validated. Please note that no contact will be entered into regarding an “update” on the progress of the application, the Case Officer will not be in a position to offer an update. The application progress can be tracked using Public Access and any important target dates can also be viewed.
Any grant of planning permission may be subject to conditions which require you to submit further details for approval. Approval of details reserved by condition can only be agreed via a formal applications process for which a fee is payable. moredetails and forms can be found on the planning portal website.
Development must be carried out in accordance with the approved plans and any conditions attached to the permission. It is the applicant's responsibility to let us know if amendments to the approved plans are needed and more planning permission may be needed. The Case Officer will be able to advise on this procedure.
The development will be subject to a planning compliance check by a Council Officer. This inspection is separate to any inspection carried out by Building Surveying Services as part of the Building Regulation Consent process.
Planning permission does not override normal property rights and a development can only be carried out with the permission of all affected landowners. For example, permission may be needed from your neighbour for the construction access or if the development affects a party wall. Due regard must also be given to any restrictive covenants that may affect your property.
For more information, view the Governments plain English guide to the planning system.