Guidance before making a planning application
Applying for planning permission can be a complicated process. You may find it beneficial to employ a professional to do your drawings and help facilitate the process. Missing drawings, incorrect forms or fees will cause delays.
Before making a planning application, we suggest you use our pre-application planning advice service. By using this service, you can check that you are on the right lines before you submit a full application. This could save you time and money, and will improve your chances of having your proposal approved.
View our pre-application advice service guide.
These interactive house, flat and shop guides on the Planning Portal provide easy access to information about planning permission and building regulations. There are also mini guides for specific projects.
Sources of information
For information and advice about making a planning application you may also find it useful to:
- look at the information on the Planning Portal - Do you need permission?
- read our planning guide
- visit our Do I need to make a building regulations application? page
- read our tree preservation order page if your application covers protected trees
- find out how to buy a planning map
- look at planning guidance on GOV.UK
You should also read the guidance on the documents below. This explains what you need to include with your application and how to submit it.