Apply for planning permission

National information requirements

The following information and documents are required to ensure your application is valid:

Standard application form

When applying online via the Planning Portal the correct form is built as the details of the development are added.

Note: if you submit the application on paper you will need to ensure that the correct form has been used or your application will be invalid.

Ownership certificates

All applications for planning permission must include the appropriate certificate of ownership. An ownership certificate A, B, C or D must be completed stating the ownership of the property. The certificate is part of the standard application form.

For this purpose an ‘owner‘ is anyone with a freehold interest, or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years.

Under section 65(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, read in conjunction with Article 12 of the Development Management Procedure Order, the local planning authority must not entertain an application for planning permission unless the relevant certificates concerning the ownership of the application site have been completed.

Location plan

Applications must include a copy of a location plan based on an up-to-date map.

This should be at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500. In exceptional circumstances plans to other scales may be required.

Plans should show at least 2 named roads and surrounding buildings. The properties shown should be numbered or named to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear.


Site / Block plan

Applications must include a copy of a site / block plan preferably at a scale of 1:200 or 1:500.

It should illustrate where the proposal sits in relation to the site and the immediate surroundings and include dimensions to boundaries. Any notable features such as trees and access points and footpaths should also be identified on the plan.


If you do not own all the land to which your application relates you will need to serve notice on the owner in accordance with Article 11 of the Development Management Procedure Order. This should be done 21 days before submitting the planning application.

If you do not know all of the owners of the land you must publish the relevant notice in a local newspaper.

Agricultural land declaration

An Agricultural Holdings Certificate is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. All agricultural tenants must be notified prior to the submission of the application. This certificate has been incorporated into the ownership certificates' section of planning application forms.

Note: this certificate is not required if the applicant is making an application for reserved matters, renewal of temporary planning permission, discharge or variation of conditions, tree preservation orders, or express consent to display an advertisement.

The correct fee

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Design and Access Statement

A design and access statement (DAS) is a short report accompanying and supporting a planning application. It is a document that explains the design thinking behind a planning application. For example, it should show that the person applying for permission (the applicant) has thought carefully about how everyone, including disabled people, older people and very young children, will be able to use the places they want to build.

A DAS is only required for a limited number of planning applications. These are:

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2010 (as amended) states that a DAS, related to planning applications, should explain:

Additional plans

In addition to the national requirements, to enable a proper assessment of the application the following may also be required where new building work is proposed:

Note: copies of the submitted plans are not issued with the decision, and it is the applicant's or agent's responsibility to keep a record of which plans have been submitted and any subsequent amendments. The decision notice will identify which plans the decision has been based upon.

Last Updated: 14/09/2016