Make a planning application

Make a planning application online

Most planning applications are submitted online.

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Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, buy site location plans, upload supporting documents and pay fees online. Please be aware that the Planning Portal charges a £25 administration fee for using its service.

The benefits of applying online include:

  • you can work on your applications in draft before submission
  • immediate delivery and acknowledgement of your submitted application
  • savings on postage and printing costs
  • online help when completing applications
  • online record of your completed applications

Please note: an application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received.

If you wish to submit your application in paper format, you will need to download the appropriate form via Planning Portal (link opens in new window).

Help and support

Use the Planning Portal help centre (link opens in new window) to support you with completing your online application. You can use the help centre if you have a problem filling out an application, or have a query with how to use the planning portal website.

Telephone: 0333 323 4589
Telephone: 0333 323 3900 (payments direct line)

Plans and maps

Please submit all documents in PDF format.

The most common reason for planning applications being rejected is that the accompanying plans are invalid. Most planning applications require a location plan and a site plan (also known as a block plan) to be submitted as supporting documents.

You can obtain plans from one of the Planning Portal's accredited suppliers. The Planning Portal team has been through a rigorous selection process to ensure that its maps meet the necessary standards, that its websites are easy to use, and that it have good customer support in place, should you need it. All of this means you are one step closer to submitting a valid application.

Visit the Planning Portal to find out more about buying maps (link opens in new window).

Find out how to apply for planning permission by post