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Apply for planning permission

Apply for planning permission

Make a planning application

You can make a planning application yourself, or employ a local planning agent, architect or trade professional to help you. You can find information about professional bodies and trade associations on the Planning Portal.

You need planning permission for most building work, or if you want to change the use of a building or a piece of land. You should check if you need planning permission before you make your application.

If you are planning to change your property or build something new, we can give you advice before you make your application.

After you have checked if you need planning permission and decided if you need pre-application advice, you can apply for planning permission.

You need to submit the correct planning application form and supporting documents for the work you are planning to carry out.  You can find out which documents you need to support your application by looking at our validation checklist.

If you submit the wrong form or any documents are missing, your application will not be valid. This will delay the application process, meaning it will take much longer for you to receive a decision.

When you submit an online application on the Planning Portal, you will be able to view guidance and find the correct application form.

If you are unable to complete your planning application online, it is possible for you to submit your planning application by post. You can view a list of planning application forms on the Planning Portal, and print what you need. To find the form you need on the Planning Portal, you will need to enter your postcode or address.