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.

Pre-application advice

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.

Interactive guides

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.

View interactive guides on the Planning Portal.

View mini guides on the Planning Portal.

Sources of information

For information and advice about making a planning application you may also find it useful to:

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.

Listed buildings and conservation areas

If your property is in a conservation area, visit our conservation areas section.

If your property is a listed building, visit our listed buildings page