Planning obligations

A planning obligation is a legal agreement used to make sure new development is acceptable in planning terms.

For example, your development may need roads in the area to be improved. A planning obligation will make sure you carry out these improvements or fund them.

You can find out about planning obligations at the Planning Portal website or read about our approach to planning obligations in the Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (pdf, 1.4 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 1.4MB) (opens new window) .

If planning obligations are needed, you’ll need to sign either a planning agreement or a unilateral undertaking.

Planning agreements

We’ll draft a planning agreement. The developer or landowner will need to check they’re happy with the agreement and then sign it. We’ll also sign the agreement.

Unilateral undertakings

In some cases you can use a unilateral undertaking instead of a planning agreement. Only the developer or landowner needs to sign this

Templates for unilateral undertakings

If there is nobody else with a legal interest in the land, only the landowner will sign the document:

If the owner has a mortgage, both the owner and the mortgage lender must sign the document:

Contact information

Development Management

City Hall

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

You'll need to make an appointment to visit us in person. Call us to book an appointment.

Appointments are at:
City Hall
College Green
Bristol
BS1 5TR

Email: development.management@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3000