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About Us

The Development Control Team deal with applications, and related appeals, for planning permission; listed building, conservation area and advertisement consents, and works to protected trees. It advises developers and householders, gives pre-application advice and investigates possible breaches of planning control.

The Policy and Environment Team is responsible for preparation and monitoring of the Local Development Framework or LDF, whose documents in entirety will form the new Burnley Local Plan. The team also deals with land use, monitoring of housing land and transport policy issues. It contributes to all regeneration activity in Burnley, including neighbourhood planning and input to Council strategies.

Please contact the above teams at or on 01282 425011. 

The East Pennine building control team deal with all building regulations applications and provides a full advisory service on all matters relating to building control, to ensure that building regulations (which dictate minimum standards) are followed and that buildings are designed to safeguard the health and safety of users.

Please contact the team at

Is Permission Needed?

Help and advice on whether planning permission is required, or Listed Building, Conservation Area, Advertisement or other consents are needed.

How to make an application

Find out about applying online, downloading forms, paying fees and how to make sure your application is complete.

What happens after we receive your application?

Find out how your application is registered and processed, how we consult on your application, what comments can be taken into account, and how the decision will be made.

Making your views known 

How to submit your comments on planning applications to Burnley Borough Council.

Application search facility

Search our online planning register for applications, appeals and decisions. You can also view the weekly list and monthly list of decisions.

Planning Committees

Where decisions on planning applications and planning policies are made. Find the dates of meetings, view agendas, reports and find out how to speak at committee.

Planning policies

Read the Local Plan and other policies which govern planning applications in your area. View maps and download local policy documents about the emerging local plan by clicking the links from this page.
The Community Right to Bid gives local people the right to nominate public and private land and buildings to be part of a local authority-held list of assets of community value and if something on this list is offered for sale by its owner, the Right is triggered and you’ll have up to six months to prepare a bid to compete to buy it.

Planning appeals

Guidance on the appeals process, or go to our register to search for planning appeals. Submit your appeal online to the Planning Inspectorate, or download appeal forms.

Planning enforcement

Report suspected breaches of planning control online, and view guidance on the Enforcement process. Search the Enforcement register for action taken.

Building control

If a planning application is not required you may still need to apply under building regulations. Find out more here.


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