You can view the typical application process below.
Applications are validated
We check that everything was submitted that should have been, including fees.
If there are problems we'll contact you, you do not need to contact us.
Neighbour notification and consultation period
The public, internal and external consultees are notified for a period of 28 days. During this time comments can be submitted.
Assessment of the application
Don't contact us for updates to your application during this assessment period. We'll contact you if we need more information or if we need to arrange a site visit.
You can monitor the progress of your application by checking the search planning application facility.
Neighbour, councillor and parish comments will be displayed.
Officer report is written
The officer managing your application will recommend your application for approval or refusal.
Officers report is reviewed by Senior Officers
The decision is either made at this stage, or the application is referred to the Planning Committee for a decision.
Your application may be referred to a Planning committee in accordance with the council constitution.
We'll let you know if the application is to be decided by planning committee.
Decision is issued
The time limit for making a decision depends on the type of planning application submitted:
- Householder, minor and other applications - 8 weeks
- Major development - 13 weeks
- An application subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment - 16 weeks
- Non-material amendments - 28 days
- Applications to approve details reserved by conditions 8 weeks
- Certificates of lawfulness for proposed or existing development 8 weeks
Time periods may be longer if agreed in writing. The planning officer will contact you if a new timescale needs to be agreed.
You can also check the current status of applications online.