Apply for planning or building regulations

Different types of application require different levels of information and supporting documents, depending on the nature and scale of development. You may apply online using the tool below, which guides you through exactly what is needed to complete your application for planning permission or building regulations approval. This is our local list of validation requirements.

If you are unsure if you need planning permission, please visit the Planning Portal site.

Pre-Application Advice

If you know that you need planning permission and want advice in respect of how likely it is that permission will be granted and of the relevant planning matters that are likely affect your application, you can submit an application for pre-application advice.


Due to an increase in application submissions and a lack of resources, the provision of pre-application advice for householder development is being suspended from 3rd June 2019.

The Development Management team will continue to provide pre-application advice on other types of development such as commercial and major application proposals.

What you need to submit

The list below details supporting documents that may need to be submitted as part of your application. Please refer to each section below in order to determine whether or not you need to submit it as part of your application.

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The completed application form
Always required

Please ensure that you have completed every section of the application form before submitting. Where sections or questions are not relevant please state this on the form.

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Correct fee

Always required

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Location Plan

Always required

This must be an up-to-date Ordnance Survey based location plan at an appropriate scale, usually 1:1250 or 1:2500. In the case of large sites other drawing scales maybe appropriate.

The plan must show:

  • at least 2 main roads and all surrounding buildings or land;
  • the application site (the whole planning unit) ;
  • a north point;
  • a scale bar.

The application site boundary should be edged clearly with a red line. It should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development; for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings.

A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.

We will expect this to be on an A4 size plan or larger.

A sample location plan can be viewed here.

Ordnance Survey map extracts are available from Planning Services or any Ordnance Survey Mapping and Data Centre.

The plan used should:

  • Not be a Land Registry document
  • Not be used for multiple applications
  • Show OS Crown copyright as an acknowledgement
  • Not be a photocopy or screen grab image
  • Not to be copied from existing OS mapping, if using hand drawn maps such as standard streets
  • Show the correct licence number if you wish to print or copy maps for applications
Copyright information

Please be aware that plans based on Ordnance Survey data are Crown copyright and other plans and drawings are the copyright of their authors. The details of any applicable copyright should appear on the original plans concerned. Using copyright protected plans could result in legal action being taken against you by the copyright holder. You are advised to contact the copyright holder before using such plans in making any application.

Updated: February 2017
National requirement
Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

Design and Access Statement

DRAFT Required except for:

  • Householder developments not within a conservation area
  • Change of use proposals not involving new build.

To work out whether or not your property is within a Conservation Area please refer to our Interactive Map.

Proposed Site Layout Plan (Block Plan)

Always required

Proposed site layout plans to a recognised scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 as appropriate)

The Site Layout Plan should show:

  • the direction of North;
  • a scale bar or metric measurements;

In addition, the Site Layout Plan should show the following unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  • all the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements;
  • all public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site (footpath, bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic);
  • the position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land;
  • the extent and type of any hard surfacing;
  • boundary treatment including walls or fencing
  • proposed car parking and turning arrangements.
  • proposed bin and cycle stores.

A sample block plan can be viewed here.

Please ensure that all plans submitted as part of your application are accurately labelled and numbered.

Ordnance Survey map extracts are available from Planning Services or any Ordnance Survey Mapping and Data Centre.

Status: National requirement
Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

Plans and drawings or information necessary to describe the subject of the application

For all proposals involving any building work we request drawings of the existing floorplans (if a building already exists) together with proposed floorplans and elevations at a scale of not less than 1:100.

If the proposal will be located on or adjacent to land which is of varying heights cross sections and a levels plan (to scale) will be required.

If the proposal involves a complex roof structure (more than a dual pitch roof) a roof plan is required.

Drawings could be submitted at the sketch stage but they must be clear, accurate and to scale or have measurements clearly marked on.

Note: For proposals involving the creation of new dwellings, we can accept location and block plans alone, however only brief in principle response can be given in this instance.

Schedule of current uses

Please provide a schedule of the current uses of the site.

Flood Risk Assessment (FRA)


In order to determine whether you need to submit a Flood Risk Assessment as part of your full planning application application do the following:

1. Establish which Category of Flood Risk your site falls within using our Interactive Map.

  • Area shown as Flood Zone B = Category 3
  • Area shown as Flood Zone A = Category 2
  • Area not shown as Flood Zone A or B = Category 1

2. Complete the Environment Agency's Flood Risk Standing Advice questionnaire which will help you determine whether a Flood Risk Assessment needs to be submitted.

If your proposal requires a flood risk assessment to be submitted and this requires more than completing the simple form that you are presented with when using the "step by step guidance", you are strongly advised to discuss the scope and content of the flood risk assessment before you start work on it.

For all development a drainage strategy must be included, this is especially required where sustainable drainage (e.g. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) is incorporated within the development.

Transport Statement or Assessment

It should include all existing and proposed commercial and residential vehicular and pedestrian movements to and from the site. Loading areas and arrangements for manoeuvring, servicing and parking of vehicles should also be clearly identified. It should describe and analyse existing transport conditions, how the development would affect those conditions and any measures proposed to overcome any problems.

For larger scale development proposals, the assessment should illustrate accessibility to the site by all modes of transport, and the likely modal split of journeys to and from the site. The Assessment should also give details of proposed measures to improve access by public transport, walking and cycling, to reduce the need for parking associated with the proposal and to mitigate transport impacts.

Further guidance can be found in Guidance on Transport Assessment published by the Department for Transport (March 2007).

Site Survey
Site Survey
Other Information

The information you provide to us about your proposal will directly influence how detailed our response will be. The more information provided, the more informed our response will be.

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