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Planning and building

Coronavirus (COVID-19): planning and building updates

In light of the current situation, there are some changes to our planning and building services.

We won't hold any face to face meetings right now. All planning discussions will either take place over the phone or by email. We're able to hold conference calls if there are several participants.

If a site visit is required:

  • We'll ask you if anyone on the site has tested positive for COVID-19, has symptoms or is self-isolating. If this is the case, we won't visit.
  • We'll contact you or your agent to let you know what day we'll visit your site. Unfortunately, we can't give you a specific time as our planning officers visit several sites every day.
  • Please stay indoors during the site visit but leave any gates unlocked so the planning officer has full external access without having to knock on your door. If you live in a terraced house, the officer will, if possible, gain access from the rear.
  • Please don't talk to the planning officer during your site visit unless it's essential. If it is essential, you should stay at least 2 metres from them at all times.

We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and update this website if anything changes.

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Find planning applications and decisions

View the status of, object to, and comment on planning applications, decisions and appeals. Register to get updates as an application or appeal progresses. Also view building applications.

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Do you need planning permission or building regulation approval?

You can make certain minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called 'permitted development rights'.

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Apply for building regulations

Make a building regulations application.

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Apply for planning permission

Find out if you need permission, what sort, and how to apply.

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Pre-application planning advice and charges

To help you with your planning application you can contact us for pre-application discussions.

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Book a building inspection

Notify us at certain stages of the building work so we can inspect the work to check it complies before you continue building.

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Heritage and conservation

How to apply for listed building consent and planning permission in conservation areas.

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Help with meeting building regulations

Approved documents and simple guides to help you meet building regulations.

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How we decide on planning applications

A step-by-step guide to the process after an application has been submitted. 

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Investigate planning breaches

Sometimes work is started without relevant permission or consent. We can investigate these cases and take action where clear harm is being caused.

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Find out how to appeal against a planning decision and take part in the appeal process.

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Apply to demolish a building

Make an application and read about what you'll need to do. 

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Report a dangerous building

If you think a building is dangerous report it and find out what happens next.

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Local planning policy

Information on local planning policies and guidance.

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Tree preservation orders

Apply for works to a tree or search for tree preservation orders.

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Register your interest in self or custom​ bui​ld

Self or custom build is where you're directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new property

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Brownfield land register

Find suitable brownfield sites that are available for development.


Regenerating the borough

Find out about the improvements we're making to the borough.

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