Guide to Making an Application
Once you have established whether you need planning permission, the next stage is to fill in an application form. You can apply online. Further information is on our how do I apply page.
Our forms are available online along with guidance notes and checklists to ensure you ll the information you need.
A fee and an equalities monitoring form are also required.
If you cannot fill in the planning application form or do not understand the guidance notes, please contact Planning Direct.
This depends on what your application is for. Planning checklists are available to assist you with the submission of your application.
Yes, as long as all the above information is clearly provided. Alternatively you can have someone such as an architect or surveyor to be your agent. They will fill in the forms and prepare the necessary drawings for you. They will charge you a fee to do this. If your application is straightforward you may be able to do the drawings yourself. However, they must comply with our planning checklists.
When we receive your application we will send you an acknowledgement letter (usually within three to ten working days depending on the size of the application). Keep this letter as it is also a receipt for your fee and tells you the reference number that we have given to your application and the date by which we should make a decision.If we do not have all the information we need we will write and tell you.
There may be a delay if we have to contact you for more information. You can avoid this delay by looking at ourplanning checklist.
Please note that if you are using a professional agent we will always contact him/her about your application. The planning officer dealing with your application will visit your property to make sure that the drawings you have sent us are correct and to make sure what you want to do is acceptable. If we need to see you at your house, we will make an appointment.
If you wish to check on the progress of your application at any time please contact Planning Direct. You can also monitor the progress of your application using Planning Online
We will tell any neighbours who we think may be affected by what you want to do. We will give them 21 days to make comments. It is always a good idea to advise your neighbours of your plans before you make an application. For some applications we may ask other Council Departments and other bodies for their views.
Your application will also be available to view on this website. You can view all applications and appeals submitted to us using Planning Online.
We will deal with your application as quickly as possible. We try to deal with at least 85% of all applications from householders within 8 weeks.
Larger and more complicated applications can take longer. To find out how your application is progressing you can contact Planning Direct during office hours. Please tell us the reference number of your application when you call. You will find the reference number on the letter we send you to acknowledge receipt of your application.
You can also track the progress of an application from registration to determination using Planning Online.
We assess your application, taking into account policy guidelines, site features and any comments made by people we have advised of your application. We decide whether to recommend that the application be approved or refused.
If your proposal is complex, there have been a substantial number of objections to it, or if there are serious problems which we have been unable to sort out, the decision on your application will usually be taken by the Planning Committee. If your application is straightforward and meets our policies, the final decision will probably be made by the Director of Planning and Regeneration. Most applications (about 90%) are dealt with in this way.
A written notice giving the decision on your application will be sent within 3 days of it being made. Decision notices for applications accepted on or after 01 December 2005 will also be available to view using Planning Online.
If your application is approved, there may be certain conditions that you have to comply with. These could include submitting details of the materials that you want to use to us for approval. You must comply with any conditions before you begin the work.
You must carry out the work exactly as shown on the approved plans which we will return to you. Normally, work must be started within 3 to 5 years depending on the date your application was decided. If work is not carried out during this timescale the approval will lapse.
If you want to make any changes to the plans that have been approved, you must contact us with the details before starting work. We will then write to you to say whether the changes are acceptable as minor amendments to your original application, or whether you will need to make a new planning application.
If your application is refused you will be told the reasons why. You may want to make an appointment with us to discuss whether a different proposal might be acceptable.
If you are still unhappy you can appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate.
Any appeal must be made within 6 months of the date of the decision. Advice on how to appeal is sent to you with the written notice of decision.
Last Updated : 1st March 2013