Birmingham City Council

General Planning Information

For general information about Planning Application and related matters, please see the details below.

Essential Information

  • Find a list of reliable builders here. More advice is available on our Home Improvement pages or you can call 0121 303 1116 or email You can also find help at

    List of Specialist Contractors, Suppliers and Architects dealing with historic buildings is also available.

  • The Unitary Development Plan (UDP) is part of the statutory development plan for Birmingham. It contains policies and proposals that guide development and the use of land in Birmingham up to 2011. Until September 2004, every metropolitan authority was required to prepare such a plan for the whole of its area, and to keep it up-to-date.

    In September 2004, a new planning system came into effect. Under the new system, we are required to maintain a Local Development Framework (LDF), containing a range of different plans, including existing plans such as the UDP.

  • You may need planning permission to change the use of your property, for example from a shop to an office or from a house to bedsits. Changes of use permitted development relaxed in May 2013. These changes of use are subject to the neighbourhood consultation scheme.

    All of these site specific requests should be submitted in writing.

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