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Do I need to make a planning application?

You may need to make a planning application if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a change to your building such as an extension or a change to its appearance 
  • change the use of all or part of your building

If it is a listed building, you may need to make an application for listed building consent if you wish to alter the building internally or externally.

If it is in a conservation area, additional planning controls apply.


Please note we are unable to give advice on the telephone as to whether or not planning permission is required or whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable as circumstances may vary from one site to another. 

For general advice on a range of common householder projects, extensive guidance is available on the Planning Portal

We can provide advice to those considering proposals that may require planning permission or a related consent. Our pre-application service offers written advice by professional officers before you submit an application.  Please note that a fee is normally charged for this service. Read information on our pre-application enquiry process

If your project needs planning permission and you carry out the work without getting it, you can be served an enforcement notice ordering you to undo all the changes you have made. It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without first obtaining consent from the council, even if you did not know that the building was listed.

Apply for planning permission

The quickest and easiest way to make your planning applications is online. You can do so using the Planning Portal.

You can pay by BAC, debit card, credit card.

Apply online using Planning Portal

Last updated: 7 November 2019