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Making an application online via the Planning Portal

Creating a new application

You can start a new application by logging in to the Planning Portal https://www.planningportal.co.uk/app1 and choosing ‘Start new application’ at the top right hand of the screen.

Every application requires three basic details:

  1. Name – A name for your application, we suggest using the site address.
  2. Location – The location of your development – this determines the Local Planning Authority (LPA) that you will submit the application to.

    Please note: The system will only identify a single LPA. If your site is within more than one LPA’s boundary, then please contact us2 when you have submitted.
  3. Type – The type of application you require (you may wish to contact your LPA to discuss this or view details of the types of application we offer3).

Please note: there are some types of application that are not currently available through our online system. View a list of these and download PDF forms4.

If you need help choosing the type of application you need, our guidance may help5.

Once you have confirmed these basic details, your newly created application will be saved as a ‘Draft’ in your ‘Applications’ section ready for you to start completing it or to return to work on it later.

The ‘My Applications’ list can be accessed by logging in and viewing your applications on the ‘Applications’ screen.


  1. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/app
  2. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/services/help
  3. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/planning/planning-applications/consent-types/introduction
  4. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/planning/planning-applications/consent-types/introduction
  5. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/planning/planning-applications/application-guide

The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). All content © 2024 Planning Portal.

The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). All content © 2024 Planning Portal.