Submitting your planning application

View national guidance on making a planning application.

To submit your applications, you need to know:

  1. Which approvals you need and the relevant forms. View a full list of application forms and the approvals required
  2. What documents and plans are needed to support your applications. Use the validation checklists to make sure you provide all information needed.

  3. Please apply these naming conventions when uploading your documents. If documents are named correctly, we should be able to register and validate the new planning applications within 3 to 5 working days. If the documents are named wrongly, the validation process can be delayed by 2 weeks.

  4. What the relevant planning application fees are - they will depend on the type of application and the scale of the changes.

Make sure you use the naming conventions before uploading your documents.

Please note:

Making your application

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

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application and your application will be transferred to Westminster the same day.

You can find a list of frequently asked questions on the Planning Portal.

For postal applications you need to download the appropriate forms and provide at least 4 copies of the application and all supporting documents. The completed applications can be posted to the address at the top of the form.

Applications submitted by post will take longer to review than online applications.


You may wish to contact a registered architect or planning consultant to help you with your planning application.

The Architects Registration Board website allows you to search for an architect or the Royal Town Planning Institute website includes an online directory of planning consultants.

Last updated: 7 November 2019