How do I apply for planning permission?

You can avoid delays in processing your application by following the steps below.

Before we can deal with your application, we need to receive all of the necessary plans, supporting documentation and the appropriate fee.

To find out which plans and documents are required, please see our Local Planning Validation Checklists.

Some of the most common reasons that applications are delayed are:

  • the necessary application fee hasn't been paid;
  • the ownership certificate submitted is incorrect;
  • a site location plan hasn't been submitted - You can buy site plans here;
  • the plans submitted do not show the existing situation and the proposed scheme adequately or accurately.


If you want to make a planning application to the Council, you must submit it on a standard form, either online or by post.  The simplest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal.

Click the 'apply online' button below - this will take you to the Planning Portal website. 

You will first be asked for some basic details and then be able to choose the application type (for example, Householder, Advertisement consent, Discharge of conditions (approval of details reserved by condition); full, outline etc).

Apply Online at the Planning Portal

Registration is quick and easy. You can:

  • Save your application and return to it later;
  • Submit and pay for your application online at any time;
  • Attach all supporting documents and plans;
  • Secure, online record and audit trail of all your applications.

There is step-by-step advice for each type of application form. Your application, and the documents you submit, will be immediately sent to the Council.


Remember, your application cannot be progressed until the correct fees have been received.

The easiest way to find out what your planning application fees will be is to use The Planning Portal Fee Calculator.

Further details of how fees are calculated can be found on the Planning Portal.

Your fee will be calculated when you apply and you can pay at the time.

Please note, if you have already submitted a planning application via the Planning Portal website, the Council will not receive your application until payment has been made directly to the Planning Portal (including any administrative fees). Please do not make payment to the Council using the link below as your application will not be received.

Other Planning fees

You can view the charges for other planning services here.

To pay for applications submitted by other means, or to pay an additional planning fee, please pay online:

Pay for your Planning Application

The Council no longer accepts cash or cheque payments.