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How to make an application

Apply online

Burnley Borough Council work in partnership with the Planning Portal to deliver online planning services.  We recommend you submit your planning application to us electronically by clicking on the link below to the national Planning Portal and registering as a user.

The benefits of applying on-line include:

  • you do not need to copy the forms and plans - just attach one copy;
  • you can easily access on-line advice
  • you can pay the application fee on-line;
  • you will save time, money and paper
  • we will receive the application faster and begin to check it earlier.

In order to help you submit the correct information with your application, click here to view our validation checklists. The checklists are designed to help applicants to identify information required to be submitted in support of a planning application. Without this information, an application may be invalid which can lead to delays in dealing with it.

Planning application fees

The current fee schedule can be found under the downloads section on the right.

If you are unsure about the fee for an application, please contact Housing and Development Control or use the fee calculator at the Planning Portal.

Ownership Certificates

Ownership certificates are included in the national standard '1APP' forms; types  to accompany a planning application are:

Please note, the Agricultural Holdings Certificate is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding, unless the application is for reserved matters, renewal of temporary planning permission, discharge or variation of conditions, tree preservation orders, or express consent to display an advertisement.

If you are unsure which certificate to complete, Click here for a guide

Personal data and planning applications

Please note that with the exception of the applicant contact details (telephone numbers and email addresses), all the information you provide on the application form and in any accompanying documents may be published on the website of the local authority dealing with your application.

To avoid the publication of personal details, do not include them, or any other information which falls within the definition of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998, in documents supporting your application.

If you require any further clarification, please contact the planning department by clicking here.

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