Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission.
Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead.
Find your council
Find contact details for the council in your area.
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About the planning system
This section provides an overview of the planning system in England, including information about planning permission and how you can get involved in local decision making.
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Most planning applications are now submitted online. You can apply to every local authority in England and Wales through the Planning Portal. Find out about the decision making process and how to apply.
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Learn more about the process for making an appeal against a planning decision or non-determination of an application, search for an existing appeal and make a comment on it, or submit an appeal online.
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Policy and legislation
Find out more about the legal framework which underpins the planning system in England, including key Acts of Parliament, government circulars, planning policy, guidance and links to live consultations.
Learn more about installing renewable energy systems in your home such as solar panels, wind turbines and biomass heaters. You can also find out about energy-saving measures such as cavity wall insulation, glazing and heating.
Having your say
Citizens can take an active part in decisions affecting them and their communities. Find out more information on how to get involved in planning decisions and express an opinion.