The best way is online, using the National Planning Portal (opens in new window). There's advice on types of application below. You can apply by post if you don't have online access.
National Planning Practice Guidance (opens in new window) says applications need to include plans and drawings, Ownership Certificate and Agricultural Land Declaration. Some cases may need a Design and Access Statement. Our planning guides explain more.
You can calculate the fees and pay online on the National Planning Portal.
Our application guides tell you what you need to send in.
Once we receive your application, we'll check it and be in touch.
Is your development large scale or complex in planning terms? You may want to consider using our Planning Performance Agreement Service.
If you want to extend your home or alter it in some way that requires permission, please read:
Tip: If you are planning to alter a listed building, please use the Listed Building Householder Checklist and Form.
Use these forms if you need approval for some form of building or engineering works, or a change of use of land or buildings.
You may require consent for works to Listed Buildings or planning permission to demolish structures in Conservation Areas.
For when you want to display adverts on land or buildings.
This can be used for the approval of a development in principle. More information is then submitted later in a separate application known as a Reserved Matters application.
These applications include the outstanding information from an Outline Application or the submission of further information to comply with a condition of a previous permission.
Lawful Development Certificates establish that an existing or proposed development or use is lawful, or that works would not affect the character of a listed building as a building of special architectural or historic interest.
Certain Permitted Developments may require our prior approval, including agricultural buildings, telecommunications development and some demolition works.
Use this application form if you wish to apply to develop land without compliance with conditions previously attached to a planning permission. You should also use this form if you want to apply for minor material amendments to a planning permission.
Please use the form linked to below if you wish to apply to make a non-material amendment on a previously approved and extant planning permission.
If you need to make an application to modify or discharge a planning obligation made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, please use this form:
The Planning Portal forms linked to above can't be saved electronically once filled in. This is because the Portal have locked them so questions and format can't be altered. However although these PDF forms cannot be electronically submitted, the Planning Portal (opens in new window) offers a complete online submission process where you can submit application forms, supporting documents and, in most cases, pay electronically.
To do this, you will need to register and log in. There is no extra charge for using the Planning Portal. Users are asked to register so the Portal can create an account for them to store all their created applications.
You can find out what fees are payable for your application in our Fees Guidance Note (PDF). Planning application fees are set at the national level. We do not have any discretion to change them.
If you'd like to discuss your proposal before making an application please call our Duty Planner 9.30am - 12.30pm Monday to Friday on 01539 724555. Please check in advance if you wish to contact a particular member of staff.
Alternatively you can speak to a planner in person at a planning surgery - view planning surgery locations and times.