Making a planning application
There are different application forms depending on what you need to apply for, some applications have been combined into one form; for example Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. Please contact us if you have any questions about which form to use or what information you should submit with an application.
To submit your application please use the Planning Portal, There are several methods for submitting applications:
- Electronic submission - complete the online form and include all the plans, supporting documentation and pay the fee.
- Download a PDF version of the form, complete it and post it to us along with all the plans, supporting documentation. Please send all completed applications to our contact address.
Please note, the new Notifications for Prior Approval are not available through the electronic submission system.
Before submitting your application use the provided checklists to make sure you have included everything we will need to process the application. For applications submitted in the post we only require two copies of all forms, certificates, plans and accompanying documents.
We will let you know, normally within three working days if we need any further information to make your application valid. If we do not receive this additional information within one month, we will return the incomplete papers to you.
In recent years the City Council was required to publish a list of validation requirements for planning applications, also known as the ‘local list’. In using the local list officers always employed a proportionate and reasonable approach to information requirements and this considered approach will continue - for example, where a proposal may have an impact on protected species the City Council has a legal duty to address the issues and a protected species survey would need to be submitted with any application. However, in response to recent central government changes to procedures for validating applications, the local list will no longer be used.
Applicants and agents should refer to the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 for the information requirements for all applications and the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) accompanies the Order and should be referred to where necessary.
Members of the public who are considering submitting an application may also wish to seek independent advice from a planning consultant or other professional agent to ensure that applications are fit for purpose on submission.
All applicants should note that for major developments the City Council’s adopted Supplementary Planning Document relating to Planning Obligations remains in place.
Most applications require you to pay a fee with the application. The fees for applications as levied by central government can be found in the Fee Schedule of January 2018 or to check what is the correct fee use the Planning Portal online Fee Calculator.
We require you to complete an Application Certificate stating the ownership of the property/land:
- Fill in Certificate A if you are the sole owner of all the land within the application site
- Fill in Certificate B if you are not the sole landowner. You must tell all other landowners about your application by sending Notice Number 1 to each landowner and put their name and address in the space provided in Certificate B
- Fill in Certificate B if any part the proposal goes onto, under or over adjoining property including foundations, roofing, guttering, downpipes or flues
- Fill in Certificate C where you do not know the name of all of the landowners, send Notice Number 1 to the landowners you do know and publish Notice Number 2 in a local newspaper
- Fill in Certificate D if you do not know the name of any of the landowners and publish Notice Number 2 in a local newspaper.
- Fill in the Agricultural Holdings Certificate if you are applying for Planning Permission.