Apply for planning permission

You can apply for planning permission online. There are many advantages to submitting your application online. The benefits include:

  • no printing and postage costs
  • creating a site location plan
  • applying anytime
  • adding any attachments to your submission
  • calculating your fees for you

Please note that when applying online you'll need to pay the fee directly to the Planning Portal. There will be a small charge for this service.


VAT is not payable when applying for planning permission.

Pay your application fee via secure link

If you need to make a payment for a planning application submitted by post you will be sent a payment link by email.

You'll need:

  • your application reference number, eg 12/01234/FUL
  • your credit or debit card

Please note that we no longer accept payment by cheque.

Before you apply

Before you submit your application you should look at some of the advice and guidance which we provide. You may also wish to calculate your fees upfront.

Who can submit an application

You may need a professional agent to submit your application and represent you, unless your application proposal is very simple and you have access to the required technical drawings and documents.
We can’t recommend an agent, but websites of the main professional bodies provide lists of their members.
You might find it helpful to look at the quality of application submitted by the agent you are considering, and their record of  successfully getting planning permission.

Submitting a paper application

You can still submit paper applications by post. You'll need to download and print documents from the Planning Portal and pay online. Please note that you only need to print and send one copy, not 3 as stated on the Planning Portal.

Contact Planning Enquiries

0114 203 9183
Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm
Howden House
1 Union Street
S1 2SH

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