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Birmingham City Council

How do I Apply for Planning Permission?



Shortcut to this page:www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningchecklists

Apply online now on the Planning Portal

This is the simplest way of applying - The benefits to you are:

  • No printing or postage costs
  • 24 hours a day service
  • Ability to create an electronic location plan
  • Add any attachments to your submission
  • Calculate the fee online
  • Pay for your application online

Extensions of time applications forms are not available to apply online and can be downloaded separately from the Planning Portal.

If you prefer you can still print a paper version

Please note, we only require 2 copies of the forms, drawings and accompanying documents rather than 3 copies as stated on the Planning Portal.

Other Information to be submitted

Regardless of how you submit your application it cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received. This is known as National and Local Validation Criteria.Our checklists will help you identify these criteria detailing what you need to include in your application.

National Validation criteria are mandatory information however the Local Validation criteria is set by us. A composite list of our local validation criteria and associated documents are attached below.

Preparing your Plans

You can submit your application yourself provided you can prepare any technical drawings and supporting statements required. You may like to use a suitably qualified agent as many poorly prepared applications are declared invalid and are delayed, or refused planning permission.

Ordnance Survey Plan

You are required to provide a location plan showing the application site at a scale of 1:1250. This is usually provided on an Ordnance Survey Plan and can be purchased through the Planning Portal's Buy a Plan service or through our local suppliers.

Equalities Monitoring Form

It would help us when submitting your Planning Application if you could complete our Equalities Monitoring form so we can check there is a fair planning process for all. Monitoring is essential if we are to address the needs of all sections of the community. It will help us fulfil the Government’s aim to build sustainable and inclusive communities and to reduce social exclusion.This form is available here

Other useful Information

If your application involves any building work you may need to contact our Building Consultancy service.

Need help applying

The Planning Portal guides you through the process of applying online. If you need any help or have any queries when applying online contact the Planning Portal Help Centre.

If you need help with your paper submission, pleasecontact us.


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Last Updated : 4th April 2014