Planning permission FAQs

Do I need planning permission?

Find out if you need planning permission, as sometimes small extensions, walls and fences below certain heights and domestic outbuildings do not need planning permission.

Are there different types of planning applications?

Find out about planning application types, as there are several types of applications, depending on what you want to build or change.

How do I apply?

Complete the appropriate planning application form or

Go to applications on the Planning Portal you will need to register or login to the Planning Portal to apply.

How much will it cost?

See what is costs on the Planning Portal and follow the link to the fee calculator for an indication of how much you will have to pay.

Where can I get a location plan?

Go to 'buy a planning map' on the Planning Portal for links to websites where you can buy location plans.

What happens once I apply for planning permission?

Read about the planning application process to find out what happens to your application before a decision.

What happens at Planning Committee?

Planning Committee make the final decision on approval or refusal of an application.

Can I submit the planning application myself?

Anyone can make a planning application, irrespective of who owns the land/buildings concerned. However, if you are not the owner, or if you have only part-ownership, you have to inform the owner, or those who share ownership, including any leaseholder whose lease still has seven or more years to run, and any agricultural tenant.

You must accompany all applications by a certificate relating to land ownership. Either the applicant has to confirm ownership of the land that is included in the application, or alternatively, that you have notified other people with a legal interest in the land about the application. It is not necessary to make the application yourself. If you wish, you can appoint an agent to make it for you.

How can I find out about making an application for my business?

See 'planning permission for businesses' for a guide to planning permission, change of use and use classes.

What is a Local Enforcement Plan?

The Local Enforcement Plan (PDF 305Kb / 25 pages) sets out how we carry out our planning enforcement activities.

As part of our commitment to the delivery of an efficient and effective planning enforcement regime, we prepare a Local Enforcement Plan, to adhere with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2018).

The Local Enforcement Plan sets out how we approach and carry out our planning enforcement activities and explains how we will investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development.

Last updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2022.