The easiest and quickest way to apply for planning permission is online through the Planning Portal. The Planning Portal is an external website used by local council's in England and Wales as part of the planning process.
On the Planning Portal you will be able to register, complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.
Submitting your application and paying fees online will make the registration and consultation process faster and more efficient.
The Planning Portal will guide you through the process, but if you need any further help making your online application you can contact the Planning Portal service desk.
Before you apply, please check you have done the following:
Please note a planning application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received.
The fee can be paid online using the Planning Portal website.
When the application has been submitted, we will contact you or your agent to confirm that the application is valid (up and running) or if extra information is needed. If you have provided an e-mail address this will be via e-mail or by post if not. All applications are allocated a unique application reference number.
View more information on the planning decision making process.
Depending on the work you are doing you might also need to get building regulation approval.
Check if your work needs building regulation approval on the GOV.UK website.
If after looking at the government's Planning Portal website you still need advice, a duty planning officer is available every day between 9.30am and 1pm Monday to Friday at our Union Street office or over the telephone on 01257 515151 to give general advice, guidance and information.
Please note, due to the recent coronavirus pandemic our offices are currently closed. If you require planning advice please call 01257 515151.