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Types of planning application

An explanation of the various types of planning application that may be submitted.

If you know already what you need to submit  it is best to go straight to our Application Forms and Guidance Notes web page.

Otherwise, advice and guidance is available below.

  • Householder Planning Applications and Prior Approvals 

Householder Planning Applications and Prior Approvals

Home owners that require planning permission to extend their home will normally just need to apply for permission using the Householder planning application form. Less information needs to be provided than for many other types of application. If you are not familiar with the process however you are advised to employ an agent to apply for planning permission on your behalf, e.g. the architect or the person that drew your plans, a planning consultant who may be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, or a solicitor.

Before you continue making an application, the first step is to find out whether planning permission is required. It may be that there is no requirement to make an application to the Council.

If you house is listed, or demolitions works are proposed in a conservation area, you may also need to apply for listed building consent and / or conservation area consent. Further advice on these procedures is given below.

In May 2013 changes were made to allow householders to build larger rear single storey extensions without planning permission. Whilst full planning permission is not required, there is a requirement to notify the Council of an intention to develop and provide it with a certain amount of information. The Council will notify any adjoining premises that a development is proposed and where objections are received will assess the impact that the proposal has on the amenity of all adjoining premises.

01.  Householder Application for Planning Permission for works or extension to a dwelling.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [92kb]

02.  Householder Application for Planning Permission for works or extension to a dwelling and conservation area consent.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Householder Validation Requirements [92kb]
pdf icon Conservation Area Validation Requirements [86kb]

03.  Householder Application for Planning Permission for works or extension to a dwelling and listed building consent.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Householder Validation Requirements [92kb]
pdf icon Listed Building Validation Requirements [96kb]

04.  Notification of a Proposed Larger Home Extension (prior approval notification).
Application Form

Guidance Notes
 

Full Planning Permission (to erect new buildings and changes of use)

A full planning application can be made to apply for planning permission to erect new buildings. As explained above home owners can use the simplified Householder application forms. A full planning application can also be submitted to change the use of land or a building (for example to change the use of a building used as a house to use as an office).

Where new buildings are proposed a full planning application requires the submission of all details of the proposal, usually including full floor plans, elevations, and other supporting information.

05.  Application for Planning Permission. (Includes Full Permission and Change Of Use).
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [128kb]

Outline Planning Permissions and Reserved Matters applications

Applications for outline planning permission are used to establish that a development that is proposed is acceptable in principle. A proposal to use a piece of land for housing is commonly first submitted as an outline application. As the application is made in outline not all information is provided with the submission and these are known as the reserved matters. Matters that may be reserved include the access to a site, the appearance of the proposed buildings, and the layout of a development.

Outline applications cannot be submitted for the conversion of buildings, for changes of use of land or buildings, or for any development that is proposed within a Conservation Area.

If outline planning permission is granted it is necessary to submit a further application to gain approval for the 'reserved matters' before the development is implemented.

06.  Application for Outline Planning Permission with some matters reserved.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [128kb]

07.  Application for Outline Planning Permission with all matters reserved.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Rquirements [128kb]

08.  Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [80kb]

Removing or varying a planning condition

Planning permissions and other consents are often granted subject to conditions that need to be complied with. It is possible to make an application to remove or vary a condition that has been imposed by the Planning Authority. Examples of why an application may be made include the fact that circumstances have changed since the condition was imposed, or alternatively an applicant simply does not agree with the requirements of a condition.

09.  Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [76kb]

Approval of details reserved by planning conditions

Some planning permissions or other consents are granted subject to conditions that require further details to be submitted to and approved by the Planning Authority. For example, when it is not made completely clear in the application, it is not unusual for conditions to be imposed requiring the final building materials to be approved that are to be used in a development.

10.  Application for approval of details reserved by condition.
Application Form
pdf icon Validation Requirements [72kb]

Non-Material Amendments to Planning Permissions

Following a grant of planning permission, it may be necessary to make minor changes to the approved scheme. Where these are very minor in nature (non-material) an application can be made to gain approval for the change. Whether or not a proposed change is non-material will depend on the circumstances of the case. There is no statutory definition of non-material, but as a general rule the Planning Authority is looking to satisfy itself that the change would only have a very minor impact on planning considerations and that the change to the scheme is unlikely to be something that others would wish to comment on or have concerns about.

If an application is successful, no new planning permission is created. The original permission still stands and should be read in conjunction with the decision letter sent in response to the non-material amendment application.

11.  Application for a Non-Material Amendment following a Grant of Planning Permission.
Application Form
Guidance Notes

Extensions to the Time Limits for Implementing permissions

Planning Permissions are generally granted with a condition attached that requires the development permitted to be commenced by a certain date. If that date passes the planning permission will lapse and can no longer be implemented. This type of application has therefore been introduced by the National Government as a temporary measure to make it easier to keep planning permissions 'alive' for longer during the current economic downturn. Applications to extend time limits can only be made for applications that were granted on or before 1 October 2010.

12.  Application for Extensions to the Time Limits for Implementing Planning Permission and Associated Listed Building and/or Conservation Area Consents.
Application Form
Guidance Notes

Listed Building Consent

If a property is a Listed Building, consent is needed from the Council for works to extend, alter or demolish it. The internal features of a Listed Building are protected as well as the external features. It is a criminal offence to undertake unauthorised works to a listed building.

13.  Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Listed Building Validation Requirements [96kb]

Advertisement Consent

The display of advertisements will often require consent from the Council. When considering applications the Council will assess whether there is an acceptable impact on the character of the area and whether there are any public safety problems (such as danger to users of the highway).

14.  Application for consent to display an advertisement(s).
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Advertisement Validation Requirements [74kb]

Conservation Area Consent

Likely to be required when it is proposed to partly or wholly demolish any building in a Conservation Area.

15.  Application for Conservation Area consent for demolition in a Conservation Area.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Conservation Area Validation Requirements [86kb]

Lawful Development Certificates

A Lawful Development Certificate provides a formal decision that an existing or proposed development is lawful. There are 2 different types of certificate:

a) Certificates for a proposed development or a proposed use, and

b) Certificates for an existing use or an existing development.

a) Certificates for a proposed development or a proposed use

This type of application is used to apply for a certificate that will establish whether a proposed building, an extension, or the use of a building or land, would require planning permission. A certificate can be of particular use to demonstrate to any future purchaser of your property that the development undertaken did not require planning permission. If you seek informal advice from the Council on the need for planning permission, Planning Officers may in some cases advise that you make an application for a Certificate for a proposed development or use, as based on the information available to them it cannot easily be established whether planning permission is required or not.

b) Certificates for an existing use or an existing development.

Developments that perhaps did not have planning permission in the first instance can become lawful with the passage of time. Development can become lawful where: -

  • There has been a continuous use of land or buildings (other than a dwelling) for more than 10 years.
  • A condition or limitation on a planning permission has not been complied with for more than 10 years.
  • A building or other physical works have been completed for more than 4 years
  • A building has been used as a dwelling for more than 4 years.

If granted the certificate will prove that the development or use is now immune from enforcement action. It is important to note that the onus is on the applicant to prove the case by supplying sufficient clear and precise evidence. If the evidence provided is inadequate, then the application is likely to be refused. A refusal does not prevent a further application being made with more clear and precise evidence.

16.  Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an Existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [73kb]

17.  Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation requirements [73kb]

Agricultural prior approval notifications

Certain types of agricultural and forestry development can be undertaken as 'permitted development' and do not require planning permission from the Council. However, before the work can be undertaken the Council needs to be formally notified of an intention to carry out the work by submitting a prior notification application. The Council then has 28 days to decide whether it requires further approval of the siting, design, or appearance of the proposed development. If no request for further information is made, or if the Council confirms it is satisfied with the information provided, the development can be completed in accordance with the details supplied to the Council. The principle of providing the development cannot be questioned by the Council. Please be aware that prior approval notifications cannot be used for all types of agricultural development and there are various limitations on the circumstances when the process can be used. For further advice on whether the process is applicable please visit Establishing whether permission is required.

18.  Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed building.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [76kb]

19.  Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed road.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [76kb]

20.  Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - excavation/waste material.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [76kb]

21.  Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed fish tank (cage).
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [76kb]

Telecommunications prior approval notifications

Certain types of telecommunication equipment installations can be undertaken as 'permitted development' and do not require planning permission from the Council. However, before the work can be undertaken the Council needs to be formally notified of an intention to carry out the work by submitting a prior notification application. The Council then has 56 days to decide whether it requires further approval of the siting or appearance of the proposed development. If no request for further information is made, or if the Council confirms it is satisfied with the information provided, the development can be completed in accordance with the details supplied to the Council. The principle of providing the development cannot be questioned by the Council.

22.  Application for prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code system operators.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [77kb]

Demolition works

The Application for Prior Notification of Proposed Demolition form should be used for proposals to demolish a building or structure. Upon receipt of the notification the Council will make a decision on whether it requires further information on the method of demolition and any proposed restoration of the site. Planning controls over demolition do not apply to all buildings. For further advice on whether the process is applicable please visit Establishing whether permission is required.The purpose of this control is to give the Council the opportunity to regulate the details of demolition in order to minimise the impact of that activity on local amenity.

23.  Application for prior notification of proposed demolition.
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Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [74kb]

Planning applications combined with applications for other consents

For certain types of development proposals more than one type of consent is needed. If you do need to apply for two consent types, e.g. planning permission and listed building consent, combined forms are available which include the questions for both application types. Please be aware that if you use one of these combined forms, even though you only have to complete one form, it will be treated as two separate applications.

24.  Application for Planning Permission and Conservation Area consent for demolition in a Conservation Area.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [128kb]
pdf icon Conservation Area Validation Requirements [86kb]

25.  Application for Planning Permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building.
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [128kb]
pdf icon Listed Building Validation Requirements [96kb]

26.  Application for Planning Permission and consent to display advertisement(s).
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Advertisement Validation Requirements [74kb]
pdf icon Validation Requirements [128kb]

Other types of Applications and Notifications

Trees and Hedges

See our Trees and Hedgesweb page for general advice.

27.  Application for tree works: works to trees subject to a tree preservation order (TPO) and/or notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas (CA).
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [78kb]

28.  Application for hedgerow removal notice
Application Form
Guidance Notes
pdf icon Validation Requirements [73kb]

Environmental Impact Assessments

See our web page on Environmental Impact Assessments

Planning Appeals

See our web page on Decisions and planning appeals