How to submit a planning application
When Planning Permission is needed you have to apply to us for it. You will need to fill in a set of application forms and also include scaled drawings and plans, plus any other additional information to support the application. This page contains an easy guide to the process.
Types of planning application
When planning permission is required, you can submit either:
- An ‘Outline’, or
- ‘Full’ Planning Application.
The ‘outline’ application will give an agreement to your application in principle, and further information will be required before work can begin.
A ‘full’ application is where you send a full set of detailed proposals. Once approved, this will give you permission to start work.
The appropriate application must be made to us. The completed application should include:
- five copies of plans and diagrams;
- a Design & Access Statement, if relevant (find out about Design & Access statements), and;
- any other relevant supporting information required for the type of application.
The extra copies of the plans and supporting information are needed for discussions with various legal bodies. One copy is kept by a Planning Officer and becomes the working file.
A guide and checklist is also included with the Planning Permission application form. This gives instructions on the documentation and plans which are needed to support the application. We can advise you on where you can get Ordnance Survey Maps from.
If the development involves a Listed Building or demolition in a Conservation Area, further application forms may need to be completed.
The application, plans and any documents or comments you send us are part of the public record and will be available for any member of the public to see or have copies of. They will also be scanned and placed on our website in our online Planning system.
The application fee must be paid before your application can be decided. See our Fees page for the current costs for each type of planning application.
Fees may not be charged in certain circumstances, including:
- listed building consent, and;
- where the guidance notes (included with the application forms) detail other applications which are exempt from paying the fee.
Fees are set by Government and are either:
- one flat rate;
- based on the floor area of the proposal, or;
- based on the area of the site.
It depends on the type of application being submitted.
You can either download the application forms you need, or make your application - including payments and attaching plans and maps - entirely online. See our Planning application forms section for details.
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|contact officer/team:||Planning Administration|
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|address:||South Norfolk Council
South Norfolk House
Norwich NR15 2XE
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Last updated on: 18 September 2012