Applications for planning permission are required to be accompanied by the following:
The standard application form
All planning applications need to be made on the standard application form. You can submit your application electronically or in hard copy format. If you submit a hard copy, you must provide 3 additional copies. View and Download the application form
The location plan
All applications must include copies of a location plan based on an up-to-date map. This should be at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500. You must provide three copies (unless submitted electronically). In exceptional circumstances plans of other scales may also be required. Plans should wherever possible show at least two named roads and surrounding buildings. The properties shown should be numbered or named to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear.
The application site should be edged clearly with a red line. It should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development – for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings. A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.
Site and Other Plans
Copies of the site plan should be submitted. The legislation requires three copies (unless submitted electronically).
The site plan should be drawn at a scale of 1:500 or 1:200 and should accurately show:
a) The direction of North.
b) The proposed development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site, with written dimensions including those to the boundaries.
c) All the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements.
d) The position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land that could influence or be affected by the development.
e) The extent and type of any hard surfacing.
f) Boundary treatment including walls or fencing where this is proposed.
In addition other plans should be submitted dependent on the type of application. These may include:
Block plan of the site (e.g. at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200) showing any site boundaries
(e.g. at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200) showing any site boundaries
Copies of plans should show: any site boundaries; the type and height of boundary treatment (e.g. walls, fences etc); the position of any building or structure on the other side of such boundaries
Existing and proposed elevations (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
These should be drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and show clearly the proposed works in relation to what is already there. All sides of the proposal must be shown and these should indicate, where possible, the proposed building materials and the style, materials and finish of windows and doors. Blank elevations must also be included; if only to show that this is in fact the case. Where a proposed elevation adjoins another building or is in close proximity, the drawings should clearly show the relationship between the buildings, and detail the positions of the openings on each property.
Existing and proposed floor plans (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
These should be drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and should explain the proposal in detail. Where existing buildings or walls are to be demolished these should be clearly shown. The drawings submitted should show details of the existing building(s) as well as those for the proposed development. New buildings should also be shown in context with adjacent buildings (including property numbers where applicable).
Existing and proposed site sections and finished floor and site levels (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
Such plans drawn at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 should show a cross section(s) through the proposed building(s). In all cases where a proposal involves a change in ground levels, illustrative drawings should be submitted to show both existing and finished levels to include details of foundations and eaves and how encroachment onto adjoining land is to be avoided. Full information should also be submitted to demonstrate how proposed buildings relate to existing site levels and neighbouring development. Such plans should show existing site levels and finished floor levels (with levels related to a fixed datum point off site) and also show the proposals in relation to adjoining buildings. This will be required for all applications involving new buildings. In the case of householder development, the levels may be evident from floor plans and elevations, but particularly in the case of sloping sites it will be necessary to show how proposals relate to existing ground levels or where ground levels outside the extension would be modified. Levels should also be taken into account in the formulation of design and access statements.
Roof plans (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
A roof plan is used to show the shape of the roof and is typically drawn at a scale smaller than the scale used for the floor plans. Details such as the roofing material, vents and their location are typically specified on the roof plan.
Under section 65(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, read in conjunction with Article 7 of the GDPO, the local planning authority must not entertain an application for planning permission unless the relevant certificates concerning the ownership of the application site have been completed. All applications for planning permission except for approval of reserved matters must include the appropriate certificate of ownership. An ownership certificate A, B, C or D must be completed stating the ownership of the property.
For this purpose an ‘owner’ is anyone with a freehold interest, or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years.
A notice to owners of the application site must be completed and served in accordance with Article 6 of the GDPO.
Agricultural Holdings Certificate
This certificate is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. All agricultural tenants must be notified prior to the submission of the application. This Certificate is not required if the applicant is making an application for reserved matters, renewal of temporary planning permission, discharge or variation of conditions, tree preservation orders, or express consent to display an advertisement.
The correct fee (where one is necessary) see below