Depending on the work you are doing you might need to get planning permission or building regulation approval, or both. It is important to find out if you need planning permission or building regulations before you make improvements or changes to a property.
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.
We can accept a complaint about an alleged breach of planning control in writing, by email, by reporting online here , or in person at our offices . Please provide as much information as possible.
Planning appeals are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate, which is independent of the council. There are strict deadlines within which an appeal must be made. More information about the process of making an appeal can be found on the Planning Portal website.
You may wish to view the details of planning decisions made on a property or site in the past. This may be to inform future development proposals or you may need it if you are buying, selling or conveyancing a property. You may need to get a copy of a planning permission that has shown up on a local land charges search.
A Lawful Development Certificate (sometimes called a Certificate of Lawfulness) is a legal document confirming that a proposed or existing development is lawful in planning terms.