Planning applications and process

The Planning Portal provides some very helpful advice on how the planning process works and how to make an application.

Getting involved

The Duty Planner Service

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.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has now been adopted and will apply to planning applications granted permission after January 1, 2013.

More information on Community Infrastructure Levy 

Agents and applicants customer satisfaction survey

Our annual customer satisfaction survey is now closed. Thank you to all who were able to complete the survey.

We'll publish the survey results during September and October, using the monthly e-Bulletin, the programmed meetings of the Planning User Group and the Accredited Agents, and our website. 

Accredited planning 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.

Pre-application advice

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.

Application forms

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.

The validation process

Please check the information we need to process your application.

The consultation process and making comments

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:

The committee process

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.

Appeals process

For more information on the appeals process and how to make an appeal visit the Planning Portal website.