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Apply for planning permission

Before you apply for planning permission, you can check if planning permission is needed from our webpage 'check if planning permission is needed'.

The easiest and recommended way to apply for planning permission is online. You need to go to the Planning Portal. Applications submitted without using the Portal will take longer to process.

It’s simple to use the Planning Portal. You can complete the form online and upload all the paperwork needed and the right fee.

Use the Planning Portal to:

  • check the forms you need to complete
  • complete the forms
  • attach plans and other paperwork
  • pay for your application (if you need to)
  • submit your application

For all major applications we need at least two paper copies of the application and one on a CD.

What happens next

We will let you know we’ve got your application. We will check it to make sure it’s complete. We will publicise your proposal and get in touch with people who may be affected by your plans, eg neighbours so they can give their views. We will consider your application, along with any comments. In most cases the decision will be made by a planning officer. If the case is complicated or controversial, it will go to the planning committee. This is a public meeting.