Planning applications and process
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Commenting on planning applications.
- View and download the leaflet ‘Your chance to have your say’ from related documents.
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.