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Where to find help

If you have any questions on how to complete your application please contact us. 

Online applications

The process guides help you through the online planning applications with help available at each stage. You can save your work and break away at any time. As soon as you submit an online application you get a reference number and we receive an email notifying us so that we can begin to process it.

Application forms

All the necessary application forms are available on our forms page, along with information on Planning and Building Control Fees and Charges, Guidance Notes and Checklists. You will also find forms here for building control, tree works, street naming and numbering and high hedges complaints.

Site Location plans can be purchased from the Planning Portal even if you do not use the Portal to make your application.

Validation checklists

There are national and local requirements for the submission of drawings and technical documents to accompany planning applications.

The information you will need to submit with a planning application is available alongside each application form. You can also confirm the requirements for information with your Planning Officer or contact us for help.

If you would like more information about submitting documents electronically please contact us.

For a major application, which includes large numbers of drawings and/or supporting submissions, it may be necessary for you to provide paper copies. We will contact you if this is so and will keep requests for these to a minimum but we must also meet the needs of consultees and the public.

Please note: if you do not send all the information you need, your application may be deemed invalid.

National validation requirements - contain compulsory requirements for nearly all applications (the notes identify the exceptions), including some matters that are required by law.