Make a planning application

What you need to include in your application and costs.

Apply for planning permission

at the Planning Portal.

You may also need to make a building regulations application.

Other ways to apply

You can apply by post. You can get an application form from the Planning Portal website. Send your application to Development Management, City Hall, Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

You need to send us two copies of each plan and drawing.

What to include when you make a planning application

You must include:    

  • signed and dated application form, including relevant certificate of ownership
  • site location plan
  • site layout plan
  • planning fee, or documentation to show why you are exempt from the fee
  • plans and drawings

For information on how to present your plans, including what scale to use, look at the plans and drawings guidance document (pdf, 111k) (opens new window) .

You can send your supporting documents in PDF format or on CD.

If you've submitted your application electronically, don't send us paper copies. For some applications we might need to have paper copies of the plans, and we may ask you to provide a set of plans.

If you need to pay Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), you’ll need to send us the CIL question form, which you can download from the Planning Portal website.

Local list of planning application requirements

You may also need to include other documents with your application. Look at our local list of planning application requirements (pdf, 168k) (opens new window) .

Guidance for meeting the Local Plan

We have guidance to help you make sure your development meets the requirements of the Local Plan.

Ownership certificates

You must fill out an ownership certificate. Certificates are included in the application form.

When you download your form from the Planning Portal, there will also be help text. Look at this to find out which certificate to fill out.

If you aren’t the sole owner of the land, or if there are agricultural tenants, you’ll need to serve or publish a notice:

Check the help text for information on which notice to use.

Design and Access Statement

You’ll need to include a Design and Access Statement if you’re applying for:

  • a major development
  • a development of one or more houses in a conservation area
  • a development of at least 100 square metres in a conservation area
  • listed building consent

You don’t need to include a Design and Access Statement if you’re applying for:

  • waste development
  • engineering or mining operations
  • a change of use

Find out what should be included in a Design and Access Statement at GOV.UK.

Register a new address

Find more information on how to register for a new address or make an amendment to an address.