Please note that much time is taken dealing with planning applications which are 'invalid' as they have been submitted without all of the required information.

Please make sure you refer to our local validation criteria before submitting an application.

Pre-application advice

Before submitting a planning application, it may be worth considering applying for some pre-application advice. This service aims to take some of the uncertainty out of the planning process and offers you constructive and without prejudice advice on the likelihood of your proposal receiving planning permission.

How to apply for planning permission and our requirements.

Apply online

Using the Planning Portal you can complete your application form, most types of forms are available, attach supporting documents and pay your fee online saving you the cost of printing and postage.

If you prefer, you can complete your application form and pay your fee online and then submit supporting documents by post, quoting your Planning Portal application number.

Apply by post

You can print off planning application forms but please note in most cases you will need to provide two copies of all documents.


Before you submit your application you should refer to the local validation criteria which explains what information is needed at the start of the planning process to help us register your application.

A planning application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received.

Finding an architect

Whilst the council is unable to recommend any architects, surveyors, builders or other tradesmen, applicants may find the Architects Registration Board's register of architects of use.

General enquiries form

Please note that from 1 April 2019 there will be a charge of £64 for written responses to planning enquiries.

Email restrictions

An email size limit of 15MB applies.

See guidance on reducing file sizes from the Planning Portal.

If you do need to send large files we can only accept them via our Send Secure service.

Page last updated 12/03/2019