If you're applying to carry out a large project such as a new development, charges and guidance may apply that are not covered in this step-by-step. See the step-by-step to make a planning application as a developer.
The quickest way to submit your application is online through Planning Portal. This lets you fill out the application form, upload supporting documents, such as plans and drawings, and pay your fees.
We recommend using Planning Portal, but you can also download a copy of the paper application forms. Please note we require 3 copies of all hard copy submissions.
Check you have all the documents you need
We have produced a validation checklist (PDF, 424.8KB) to help you submit your application.
This includes a national list of mandatory information that must be submitted with every planning application and a local list of our own requirements. You must refer to both the sets of requirements before formally submitting an application.
All your supporting documents must be less than 5MB in size.
Negotiating on Planning Applications
We will only negotiate on submitted planning applications in genuinely exceptional circumstances so we strongly advise that you use our pre-application services so that applications have a greater chance of success.
For guidance on planning application fees, see the Planning Portal's fee calculator.