Apply for planning permission
Before submitting a formal application see our planning permission page to find out if you need to apply.
If you do need planning permission have you considered seeking pre-application advice? This is a service we offer to inform you whether the application you are proposing is likely to be successful.
One key factor in compiling your application is ensuring you submit the right information within the application. This includes the necessary forms, documents and plans. We call this Validation – our check to ensure the minimum standards are met for the application to be registered and allocated to an officer. If you do not submit the necessary information your application is unlikely to proceed or it could be refused.
This section outlines all you need to know about Validation – It is important you read this section before submitting an application.
Validation- Getting it right first time
Validation is the process of checking that all relevant documentation and fee (where applicable) has been provided. If an applicant/agent submits an application without the necessary documentation, or with clear inaccuracies, we will declare the application invalid (with no further action taken) until the required information is provided.
SSDC has adopted a document setting out those validation requirements, known as the Validation Guide. The latest version of the Validation Guide came into force on the 1st August 2022 and was revised on the 27th September 2022. The guide can be found here.
Alongside the main Validation Guide there are supplementary checklist documents which we encourage the completion of. These forms act as a double check for the applicant/agent to ensure all the necessary documents have been submitted and allows comments to be made and submitted with an application to set out why a particular document may have not been submitted. It is recognised that there will be circumstances where the requirement does not fit or are out of proportion and the Checklist allows these situations to be explained. These comments will be assessed by our team. These matters should ideally be discussed with an officer at the pre-application stage. Applications will not be deemed invalid simply because the checklist is not provided however its submission is a helpful aide memoire to all parties. The checklists for individual application types are outlined below:
Further advice upon preparing a Nutrient Neutrality and Mitigation Statement can be found here.
Submitting your Application
When ready to submit your application the easiest way to do so is online.
You will receive step by step guidance on the type of application you need, what areas to complete, what documents to include and how much it is going to cost. Our most common applications and their fees can be found on our frequently asked planning application fees list. All applications submitted through the Planning Portal, which require a planning fee to be paid, will incur a service charge of £16.67 (+ VAT).
Begin your application by clicking the 'Make a Planning Application' button below.
Application Forms not available on the Planning Portal
There are a couple of forms not available via the Planning Portal. These are available here:
Applications for Listed Building Consent should also be made via the Planning Portal, there is no separate form.