Planning permission is a formal document, issued by the Council, which allows development at a particular site. The planning permission is attached to the land and can be implemented by anyone, not necessarily the person who has applied for the permission in the first place.
The Council considers all local and national planning policies together with the views of statutory consultees and the local community when dealing with applications for planning permission.
Some development is allowed without permission which is called permitted development. Other development requires a prior notification application which is known as prior approval. Find out if you need planning permission or prior approval. In addition, you may also require Building Regulation approval.
There are different types of planning permission with the most common being:
Full planning permission
A full planning application is a detailed application for development and includes building, engineering or other works, change in the use of buildings or other land.
It is also required to demolish any unlisted building which exceeds 115 cubic meters or take down any wall, gate or fence which is more than 1 meter high where it joins a highway (including a footpath or bridleway) or more than 2 meters high elsewhere within a conservation area.
An outline planning application establishes the principle of the proposed development without having to submit detailed drawings, however an indicative layout plan is required.
When an outline planning application has been granted a "reserved matters" application required for the details which have not been approved at the outline stage.
You have three years to submit a reserved matters application from the date the outline planning permission was granted.
You may need to submit different application types at the same time for your development and in some cases you can choose an application form that includes two different types of applications.
Visit the Planning Portal to find out more information about each type of application:
- adverts and signs
- changes of use
- listed building
- lawful development certificates
- trees and hedges.
Agricultural or forestry
Applications for agricultural or forestry work are prior notification applications and do not seek planning permission. A range of buildings or operations is permitted and a decision is made whether to allow or refuse the works or if a full planning application is required.
Applications for telecommunication development are submitted by telecommunication operators. They are not planning permissions but require approval as certain forms of development are known as 'permitted development'.
The principle of development is not an issue and consideration can only be given to the sitting and appearance of the proposal.