How to make a planning application

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Important notice for applicants

The council requires a Drainage Strategy to be submitted with all major and some minor planning applications before they can be validated. Please visit our Planning applications - SuDS page for full details.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Bracknell Forest Council introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on 6 April 2015. Planning applications that are decided on or after this date may be liable to pay a CIL levy.

You can use our CIL estimator to help you estimate your liability for CIL.

Excel file downloadCIL estimator (Excel, 110kb)

All planning applications need to be accompanied by an additional information requirement form, if it is to be accepted as a valid application.

The CIL charging zones are shown on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) map.

Guidance to consider before making an application

For applications that may need planning permission and/or building regulations approval

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For applications with bio-diversity issues

Please see our Planning and biodiversity guidance notes.

For applications which involves protected trees

Please see our Trees - common enquiries page.

Interactive guides

Our interactive house and terrace guides provide easy access to information about planning permission and building regulations. Shops and flats are also included in the terrace guide. There are also mini guides for specific projects.

Interactive guides

How to make an application

You can make a planning application:

Bracknell Forest Council receives most of its applications online and we recommend that you make your planning application via the Planning Portal.

Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

The benefits of applying online include:

  • immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • savings on postage and printing costs
  • reduction of carbon footprint
  • online help function when completing applications
  • online record of your completed applications
  • online payment

If you prefer, you can complete your application form online and submit supporting documents and fees by post.

Before making an application by either route please read our guidance notes.

What you will need

Please note a planning application cannot be progressed until we have received all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee.

Please ensure you have read the appropriate validation checklists and addressed any issues covered. This will depend on the type of planning application. Please visit our page containing planning applications and leaflets for further information. 

You will also need to submit ordnance survey (OS) extracts with your planning application.

Buy planning application ordnance survey (OS) maps online 


Fees are in these documents:

What happens next

Under normal circumstances we aim to register valid applications within three working days from the date of receipt. Within one working day of validation the application documentation should be on the online planning register. All other application documentation should be available on the register within one working day of receipt.

We will acknowledge receipt of your planning application, giving you the date by which we aim to reach a decision. If however we subsequently find we are unable to reach a decision by that date we will write and inform you of the reason(s) and ask your agreement to extend the period.

Your planning decision

When you receive your decision notice it normally will either grant planning permission or reserved matters approval, or be a refusal.

If it is a permission or approval it may contain conditions which need to be complied with and in some instances you will need to provide details to the council before you commence work. Where you need to provide details you must submit a discharge of planning conditions application.

Appealing a decision

On the reverse of your planning decision notice are details of how to appeal. This can be against refusal or conditions imposed on the permission. See our Planning applications - appeals against decisions page for more details.

Amending your proposal after receiving permission

You will need to apply to the council if you wish to amend your proposal but the form of that application will depend on the nature of the amendment(s). See our Amendments to existing planning permissions page for more details.

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