How to apply

Ways to apply


Applicants are encouraged to apply online using the Planning Portal. Completing a form online ensures you are prompted to answer only questions relevant to your application. The completed form is sent online directly to the local planning authority for processing.

Every local authority in England accepts online planning applications from the Planning Portal.

Paying for your online application

Since September 2018, planning fees for online applications have been processsed by the Planning Portal and passed to the local authority along with the application. There is a service charge for submitting some applications using the Planning Portal. Planning applications that do not attract a planning fee or those with a fee below £60 do not incur the service charge. The charge for the service is £23.33 (+ VAT). Find out more from our FAQ.

Start an online planning application

View your planning applications

Start an online building control application

The online process allows you to apply for all applications for building regulations approval or planning permission - except those for mineral development - and associated consent types.

Find out about the different planning consent types you can apply for online.


Alternatively, you can download the standard planning application forms in paper format from the Planning Portal and send them in the post.

Find and download a paper planning application form