Making an application

Information about how to apply for a planning permission and what fees apply for this.

How to apply

Residents can make use of the UK Government Planning Portal to apply for planning permission, learn about planning and building regulations, appeal against a decision and research government policy.

You can also use the planning portal to make an online planning application.

You may also need to apply for building regulations approval. Go to the Building Control section​ to find out more.


Please note that new fees will come into force as of 6 December 2023. Details of the new fees are are available in the table below.

This is a summary of the fees. For further details contact the development management team on (01287) 612628 / 612471 / 612344 / 612627.

Payment can now be made via our 'Pay for it' online facility using a debit or credit card. Please ensure that you have your planning application reference number when you make your payment. If you do not know the application number, please contact the of​fice (on one of the above telephone numbers) in the first instance. If the relevant reference number is not provided whe​n making your payment, this could delay processing your application.

For guidance on calculating your fee, use the fee calculator on Planning Portal useful for standard fee calculations.

The 2012 fee regulations are available on the Communities and Local Government website.



Outline applications​

  • Site area is less than 1 hectare, £578 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof);
  • £624 per 0.1 hectare for sites up to 2.5 hectares (or part thereof);
  • £15,433 and additional £186 per 0.1 hectare for sites over 2.5 hectares (max £202,500)

Erection of dwelling/houses

  • £578 per dwelling for up to 10 dwellings
  • £624 per dwelling for between 10 and 50 dwellings
  • Number of dwellings exceeds 50, £30,860

    plus £186 for each additional dwelling in excess of 50 (max £405,000).

Non-residential building works

  • not more than 40 sq metres £293
  • exceeds 40sqm but less than 1000sqm, £578 for each 75 square metres (or part thereof);
  • exceeds 1000sqm but less than 3750sqm, £624 for each 75 square metres (or part thereof);
  • gross floor space created exceeds 3750 square metres, £30,680 and an additional £186 for each 75 square metres in excess of 3750sqm (or part thereof)(max £405,000)

Alterations/extensions to dwelling/houses

  • £258

Installation of plant and machinery

  • £578 where site area is less than 1 hectare;
  • Site area is at least 1 hectare but does not exceed 5 hectares, £624 per 0.1 hectare;
  • £30,860 and an additional £186 per 0.1 hectares for sites over 5 hectares (max £405,000)

Accesses, car parks etc

  • £293

Change of use applications


  • £578

Conversion of building into one or more separate dwellings/flats

  • £578 for each additional dwelling/house where fewer than 10 dwellings created;
  • Dwellings created is at least 10 but less than 50, £624 for each additional dwelling;
  • Where the change of use is to more than 50 dwellings, £30,860 and an additional £186 for each dwelling in excess of 50 (max £405,000)

Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission

  • applications in respect of householder developments £43
  • applications in respect of other developments £293

Local validation checklist

Anyone submitting a planning application will need to check the local validation checklist in addition to the existing national checklist, to ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted with their application. Applications that do not have all the required information may be considered invalid.

In accordance with the national planning policy framework, we have reviewed the local validation checklist. Based on current legislation a number of changes have been recommended and the revised list was re-adopted on 18 June 2015.

The local validation checklist informs applicants/agents of the requirements ​for planning applications submitted within the area covered by the local planning authority. 

In accordance with the provisions of S6 of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 and government reforms to streamline the planning system, the information required to support an application should be reasonable, relevant to the development proposed, and deal  a material planning consideration to determine the application. 

If you would like to discuss the information or evidence required for your application, our planning officers will be happy to give you further guidance.

A copy of the local list can be obtained below:

1APP form

1APP is primarily designed as an electronic form and​ is available online via the Pla​nning Portal. These forms are also available to be downloaded from our website in paper form. In addition, for those people without access to the internet, the forms can be obtained directly from us.

Further information regarding 1APP can be obtained from

Our privacy policy

We take the protection of your information seriously. You can find details of our Development Management Privacy Policy here.