Applications must be made on a form, accompanied by a plan to identify the land and such other plans or drawings as are necessary to describe the development; a certificate as to ownership; and the appropriate fee. There are a series of checklists to help you ensure your application is complete; see our validation of applications pages.
We welcome applications online; to do this please find out more about submitting applications online.
You can download a guide on what constitutes a valid planning application from the website.
See also applying for planning permission. Easy to follow help text and useful tools are also available at the Planning Portal to help you find the information you need to decide if planning permission is required.
Upon receipt of a valid application, the Local Planning Authority must send an acknowledgement, which explains the right of appeal if the Authority fails to determine the application within eight weeks.
The Planning Act requires a register of applications to be kept. Part I contains applications submitted but not yet finally disposed of. Part II contains copies of applications, plans and particulars of decisions and appeals relating to every application for planning permission and has an index to enable any person to trace an entry in the register.
Certain types of developments require a variety of additonal inofrmation before they can be validated, including assessments, surveys and detailed information. These may include Environmental Impact Statements, Retail asessments and Supporting Planning Statements. For more detail on these, and to check other kinds of additional information that may be required, please see under additional information.