Existing and proposed elevations

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Description 

Elevations are what a building or structure looks like from the outside. Drawings of existing and proposed elevations are needed unless the development would not affect or change them 

Guidance 

The elevation drawings you submit as part of your application must: 

  • be drawn to an appropriate metric scale for example, 1:50 or 1:100.
  • show clearly the proposed works in relation to what is already there and the height of buildings above ground level 
  • clearly indicate the existing and proposed building materials and the style, materials and finish of windows and doors where appropriate 
  • include any blank elevations if only to show that this is the case 
  • show the relationship with buildings that adjoin or are in close proximity. The drawings must  show the relationship between the buildings, and detail the positions of the openings on each property 

View our example plans for more details

If your application is for a new building, it helps to submit a 3D visualisation of the "true elevation", like an axonometric, photomontage or model. 

If you are applying Advertisement consent your elevation you must submit: 

  • existing and proposed elevations to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 
  • a drawing to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 showing the advertisement size, siting, materials and colours to be used 
  • the height above ground of the advert 
  • the extent of projection and details of method and colours of illumination if applicable 

You can find more details of what you need to submit in our guidance on sample drawings. 

You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on existing and proposed elevations and other types of planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Personal and confidential statement 

We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.  

If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.  

We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. 

When you need to submit this information

Mandatory requirement 

You must submit existing and proposed elevations when you are making an application for: 

Depending on the details of your application, you may have to submit existing and proposed elevations when you are making an application for: 

If your application is for one of these types of planning permission, you need to submit existing and proposed elevations if your proposal includes new buildings or alterations to the exterior of existing buildings. 

You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on existing and proposed elevations and planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Validation requirements

Required by 

  • National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework 
  • Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in: 
    • Local plan review policy RLP3 
    • Local plan review policy RLP90 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP1 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP50 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP55 
    • Core strategy policy - CS9