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How to make a planning application

Once submitted

What we look at

When assessing a planning application, we look at things such as  development plan policies, design, traffic, noise, privacy and public safety. We also review comments from the public and the impact on the natural or built environment. See also: How we process planning applications.

Track its progress

After your application is registered you can track its progress with our planning application search.

If the application is granted you will have to comply with any conditions that are applied.

Updating of information

  • Details of new planning applications and appeals are added to the Portal within three working days of receipt
  • Documents and plans relating to planning applications are published within five working days of receipt
  • Planning application progress details are updated in real time
  • Planning application decision notices are published within five working days of issue of the decision
  • Appeal and Planning Local Review Body decisions are updated within five working days of the decision being issued
  • Statutory enforcement notices are published within five working days of serving of the notice
  • Committee agendas and planning application reports to committee are published three working days before committee (on the Councillors and Committees section of the website)
  • Committee minutes are published within five working days of the committee date (on the Councillors and Committees section of the website) 

When you will get a decision

We have a statutory period of two months to make a decision on your application, unless it falls within the category of 'major developments'. In this case we have four months. If your application is complex, we may ask for more time to deal with it.

For more information contact your local Planning and Building Standards office.