Applying for planning permission—procedure
Applying for planning permission—procedure

The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying for planning permission—procedure
  • Who can apply?
  • Full or outline planning applications
  • Pre-application advice
  • Making an application
  • Applying for multiple consents
  • Statutory national information requirements
  • DMPO requirements
  • Local information requirements
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • more

Who can apply?

Anyone can make a planning application; the applicant does not need to own the land.

Full or outline planning applications

Outline planning applications

An application for outline planning permission provides a decision on the general principles of how a site can be developed. Outline planning permission is a planning permission granted with the reservation for subsequent approval by the local planning authority (LPA) or the Secretary of State of matters not particularised in the application (known as reserved matters). Reserved matters are defined as any of access; appearance, landscaping, layout; and scale, in respect of which details have not been given in the application.

Outline planning applications can be used to find out whether a proposed development is likely to be approved by the LPA, before substantial costs are incurred developing a detailed design.

Once outline planning permission has been granted, 'reserved matters’ applications must be made within the time period specified, before any detailed work could go ahead. Unless the outline planning permission specifies other timeframes, applications for any reserved matter must be made within three years of the grant of outline planning permission, and development must be commenced within a further two years of the final approval of the last reserved matter. See Practice Note: Discharging reserved matters conditions on outline planning permissions.

Full planning applications

An application for full planning