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Planning advice is contained in separate pages. Please use the links under pages in the section to find the information you need.
The Planning Portal provides some very helpful advice on how the planning process works and how to make an application.
- Register with Planning Online – which allows you to track applications, save searches and receive updates by email.
- See Community involvement in the planning process (pdf, 50 KB)(opens new window).
- Contact a local planning group - the Neighbourhood Planning Network is made up of 50 or more local planning and community groups in Bristol.
- Contact Neighbourhood Partnerships in Bristol- where you can raise issues of concern with your councillor.
- Attend the Planning User Group - a meeting of agents who make planning applications in Bristol
A planning officer is available every week day morning from 9am to 12noon to give general guidance on the planning application process. This service is designed to assist members of the public, and can cover:
- The pre application advice process.
- How to find out about new planning applications.
- How to comment on planning applications.
- How applications are dealt with.
- Planning issues on straightforward cases such as householder applications.
This service cannot offer detailed advice on whether planning permission is needed, or on the likelihood of planning permission being granted. For information on ‘does it need planning permission’ and ‘will it get planning permission’ see:
To speak to the duty planner, please telephone us.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has now been adopted and will apply to planning applications granted permission after January 1, 2013.
We hold an annual customer satisfaction survey every July. The recent survey has now closed, and thank you to all those who completed the survey.
The results of the survey will be available during September, and presentations will be made at meetings of the Planning User Group and the Accredited Agents.
We run a scheme of accreditation with our planning agents, to help speed up the registration and processing of householder applications.
The scheme works on the basis of 'accredited' planning agents who have shown that they fully understand how to submit a properly prepared planning application.
We give advice prior to the submission of planning applications. For more information go to Planning pre-application enquiries which explains this service and fees.
The standard application form is being used across the country. All the forms and guidance are available online and you can submit your applications online.
Please check the information we need to process your application.
There is a statutory consultation period of not less than 21 days in which to make comments. To find out more about the consultation and publicity process:
- Commenting on planning applications.
- View and download the leaflet ‘Your chance to have your say’ from related documents.
Most applications are decided by officers, under delegated powers. Some applications are referred to a committee for a decision by councillors. To find out more go to Development Control Committees.Planning Portal website.
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Pages in the section
- Accessing planning and building regulations information
- Appointment system - Planning and Building Regulations - Brunel House
- Community Infrastructure Levy
- Community Infrastructure Levy Money
- Community Infrastructure Levy consultation
- Development Control Committees
- Non material amendments to planning permission
- Planning FAQs
- Planning User Group
- Planning application fees
- Planning application forms
- Planning applications requirements
- Planning obligations
- Planning pre-application enquiries
- Section 106 Money
- Submit a planning application
- Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
- Trees in Conservation Areas
- Weekly lists of planning applications
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