The standard application forms cover a range of consents, which can be applied for online. Multiple consents can also be applied for, for example, full planning consent and listed building consent or planning permission and conservation area consent.
When applying online via the Planning Portal, the format of the form will automatically adjust to the nature of the proposed development, so you will be presented with the correct form to submit. When submitting paper forms, however, you must ensure you complete the correct form, otherwise your application will be invalid.
It is also a good idea to check with your local planning authority about local constraints in the area where you’re proposing work, as other permissions may be required.
Please note that Building Regulations approval is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission for your work. Learn more about the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations.
The following consents can be applied for online:
Note: the following forms are not available to complete online, but can be downloaded from the Planning Portal.
This form should be used for proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the boundary/garden of a house. It should be used for projects such as:
Please note that planning permission is not needed for all household building work. Under permitted development rules you can carry out a number of household building work projects, provided they meet certain limits and conditions. You can find out whether you need planning permission for your building project by viewing the Portal's Interactive House
You should use this application form to make a detailed planning application for development, excluding householder developments. For the purposes of this form, development includes building, engineering or other works, in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land. As such it should be used for:
Applications for outline planning permission seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward.
This type of planning application allows fewer details about the proposal to be submitted. Once outline permission has been granted, you will need to ask for approval of the details (“reserved matters”) before work can start. These details will be the subject of a “reserved matters” application at a later stage. You can make an application for reserved matters online via the Planning Portal. Learn more here.
If you live in a conservation area, you will need conservation area consent to do the following:
Where outline permission has been granted, you may, within three years of the outline approval, make an application for the outstanding reserved matters, i.e. the information excluded from the initial outline planning application. This will typically include information about the layout, access, scale and appearance of the development.
In October 2009, the Government introduced an application to extend the time limits for planning permission, including outline permissions. Learn more about here.
You will need to apply for listed building consent if either of the following cases apply:
You may also need listed building consent for any works to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building. Check the position carefully with the council - it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.
This form should be used for proposals to display an advertisement or sign which requires planning permission. The term advertisement covers a very wide range of advertisements and signs including:
For peace of mind that an existing or proposed use of a building is lawful or that the proposal doesn’t require planning permission, you can apply for a lawful development certificate.
Some proposals for developments involving telecommunications, demolition, agriculture or forestry are subject to a process whereby details are notified to the local planning authority prior to the development taking place.
Find out more about prior notification for:
This form should be used to make an application for the removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission or listed building consent.
This type of application will be necessary where a condition in a planning permission or a listed building consent requires details of a specified aspect of the development which was not fully described in the original application. These details need to be submitted for approval before the development can begin.
This application applies to proposed work to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
In conservation areas, notice is required for works to trees that have a trunk diameter of more than 75mm when measured at 1.5m from ground level (or more than 100mm if reducing the number of trees to benefit the growth of other trees).
You have to give your local planning authority six weeks’ notice before carrying out work on trees which are located in a conservation area but are not yet the subject of a tree preservation order. This gives the authority an opportunity to consider whether an order should be made to protect the trees.
These forms are currently not available on the online application system, fee calculator or forms cabinet. This means that the forms do not currently carry specific LPA details or branding. We are working to implement these functions.
A local planning authority may accept a 'hybrid' application; that is, one that seeks outline planning permission for one part and full planning permission for another part of the same site.
The fee for each part would have to be calculated separately on the appropriate basis, subject to any relevant maximum, and the total - which would not be subject to any maximum - would then be chargeable.
An authority may also, following discussion, allow an application to be separated into core elements so that permission for site preparation works, say, can be given priority.
Whether to accept a proposal in hybrid form is at the discretion of the local planning authority, not something on which an applicant may insist. One should bear in mind that a local planning authority is empowered to require details even when the application is in outline, if necessary in the interest of good planning. The term ‘hybrid application’ is not defined in statute.
It is recommended that you discuss the hybrid proposal with your LPA, prior to submitting the application. This will minimise the risk of your LPA refusing to register the hybrid application.
Note: The power to request additional information is provided by Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010.