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Apply for business planning permission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Most commercial development requires planning permission if the development involves building, engineering, mining or changing the use of land or buildings. This can include:

  • Change​ of use
  • ​Extending or altering a commercial building.
  • Extending or creating new car parks.
  • Some forms of advert, for example illuminated signs.
  • Installing or altering shop fronts and security shutters.
  • New housing development. 
  • Sub division of a dwelling.
  • Running a business from home.

In most cases you'll  need planning permission. You may also require building regulation approval. 

Certain types of minor changes are permitted without needing to apply for planning permission. The legislation can be very complicated. Find out more about whether you need planning or building regulation approval.

If you need to apply for planning permission and require some advice find out how much it costs and how to access pre-application advice and charges.

We'll advise you on what information you'll need to provide for us to validate your application, plans and drawings.  

You can make applications for: 

  • Full planning permission by submitting detailed plans.
  • Outline planning permission to establish the principle of the development. This allows you to provide more detailed information later in the planning process.
  • Advertisement consent.

Please use the relevant checklist to ensure your planning application is complete prior to submitting it. Any application which does not provide all the required details cannot be processed. 

​Learn how to apply and submit your application​​

Further help with full planning applications

​How to pay fees​​

Ring us on 0170​6 924327 to make a building control new application payment, you'll need to give the address of the property the fees relate to. You can pay by Visa, Mastercar​d, Solo, Visa Delta, Visa Electron and Maestro. Or ​you can pay by cheque or cash at Number One Riverside. Please note credit card payments will include a 1.75% administration charge.


0300 303 8873

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Planning and Development
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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