Apply for planning permission

How to apply for planning permission and what to include with your application.

How to apply for planning permission

Planning permission is a formal requirement for most development of land or property. Planning permission is required if you wish to build a new house or for some house extensions, and planning consent may be required for works to trees.

In addition to planning permission you may require building regulations consent - more information is available here: http://www.eastmidlandsbc.com

Whilst not all building proposals require planning permission, if you proceed without planning permission and it is later found you do need permission or consent, the Council may take enforcement action.

Applying online

The easiest way to apply for planning permission is online through the Planning Portal:

Submit an application online

The Planning Portal can be used for applications including Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent, Lawful Development Certificates, Prior Approvals and Advertisement Consent.

Benefits of using the Planning Portal application service include:

  • online application is straightforward and secure. The process guides you through applications with help available at each stage;
  • pay online - quick and simple, saves contacting the Council to pay separately or posting a cheque;
  • save your work and break away at any time. When you return to the application your previous entries will be waiting; and
  • simple submission to the Council, just click 'apply', no need for printing and posting application forms and large scale plans.

If you wish to apply for planning permission by filling out the application forms, search and download the appropriate forms on the Planning Portal website here:

Search and download an application form

Tree applications

You may need consent for works to trees within conservation areas and to trees protected by a preservation order. Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are available to search online here: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14706

For more information on conservation areas click here: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8401

What to submit with your application

As a minimum, you must provide the following documents for your planning application to be valid:

  • The correct application form;
  • Location plan - which shows the site area and its surrounding context. This can be purchased online from one of the Planning Portal's accredited suppliers either as part of the application process, or separately, and then attached to the application (1:1250 or 1:2500 scale);
  • Site Plan (sometimes known as a block plan)-  which shows the proposed development in detail and can be purchased from one of the Portal's three accredited suppliers. (1:200 or 1:500 scale);
  • Other plans and drawings or information necessary to describe the subject of the application (for example existing and proposed floor plans and elevations) (1:50 or 1:100 scale);
  • An ownership certificate A, B, C or D must be completed stating the ownership of the property or an Agricultural holdings certificate - this is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. All agricultural tenants must be notified prior to the submission of the application;
  • Design and access statement (required for applications for new dwellings or if the proposal is in a conservation area or a listed building) - this should outline the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the proposed development and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with. Find out more about design and access statements; and
  • Correct application fee

You may be asked to submit additional supporting documents after submission of your application. These could include but are not limited to:

  • a heritage impact assessment (recommended for all applications in conservation areas or for works to a listed building - guidance available here: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8404);
  • a flood risk assessment (if the application is a major application or in flood zone 2 or 3link);
  • a sustainability statement or a transport assessment.

Additional supporting documents submitted after the submission of your application may require additional consultation.