Planning Applications FAQs
Submitting an application
What do I need planning permission for?
Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses can be carried out without the need for planning permission. This work is known as permitted development. See our do I need planning permission page for more information on what requires planning permission
For a fee, you can ask us if your building works require planning permission through a certificate of lawfulness application
How do I get planning permission?
How much does a planning application cost?
The fees associated with all types of development can be viewed via the Planning Portal fee calculator
Where can I get an application form?
How do I get pre-application advice
Our pre-application advice page provides information on how you can apply for pre-application advice and what you can expect from this service.
What is the difference between planning permission and building regulations?
Building Regulations and Town and Country Planning are completely separate. Building Regulation applications have the purpose of having details of your development checked and approved for compliance with the standards of construction.
For any building regulations enquiries please contact the Gloucestershire Building Control Partnership
The decision process
What happens once I have sent in my application?
Once we have received your application, we will make sure we have all the details we need. You can view what is needed to validate an application by using our validation checklists
We will then send or your agent an acknowledgement letter or email, this will provide a date by which we aim to issue a decision, the name of the planning officer and the application number. In most cases we will contact neighbours likely to be affected by the proposal and provide them with the opportunity to comment on the proposals. We may also put up a site or press notice if required by planning law.
Technical consultees may be required to comment on applications, for example Highways, Historic England, Environment Agency, Severn Trent, etc.
If we need more information, we will write to your planning agent (if you have one). An application will be returned if we do not receive the necessary information within the required timescale.
The Planning Officer may require more information or request changes to the application.
The Planning Officer will assess the application. They will write a summary report which includes a recommendation based on:
Local Plan policy;
Any potential detrimental impacts as a result of the development e.g. unacceptable loss of light, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties;
Comments from technical consultees;
Comments from neighbours.
How long does it take before a decision is made?
Once a householder application has been validated, you will normally get a decision within eight weeks. This is dependent on officers’ workload, consultee responses, amendments and correspondence with planning agents and architects. Where possible, the council will ask for amendments to address any concerns. In these cases, an extension of time will be required and it is unlikely that a decision will be made within 8 weeks.
The statutory time for determination of major applications is 13 weeks or 16 weeks if an environmental impact assessment has been submitted. However, similar to householder applications, where possible, the council will ask for amendments to address any concerns. In these cases, an extension of time will be required and it is unlikely that a decision will be made within 13 or 16 weeks.
Who do you consult on applications?
Adjoining neighbours must be consulted on applications. In addition to neighbours, technical consultees may be required to comment on applications, for example Historic England, Severn Trent, Highways etc. All comments received will be considered before making a decision on an application
Why have I not received a letter about a proposed development?
The Council will normally only send letters to adjoining neighbours to the application site. Some applications require additional neighbours to be notified. You do not have to receive a letter to comment on the application. This can be done on our website
What can I do if I have concerns about a planning application and what happens to the comments I make?
If you have concerns about a planning application and wish to comment, the Planning Officer will consider material considerations. The Planning Portal has guidance on what is considered a material planning consideration
How much time do I have to comment on a planning application?
Neighbors have 21 days to comment on planning applications. You will also have 21 days to comment on an application online.
What happens when I have made my comments on a planning application?
We guarantee that all relevant comments received within 21 days will be considered as part of the planning application process.
Will an Officer visit the site?
For most types of applications the Planning Officer assigned to your application will need to carry out a site visit in order to carry out an appraisal. The Planning Authority will contact the person stated in the application form.
What matters are considered in reaching a decision?
What happens if an application goes to committee?
If a planning application is to be determined at committee, the application will be published 5 working days before the date of the meeting. Please see our Planning Committee Agendas.
All ‘interested parties’ are advised when an application is going to Planning Committee, approximately a week before the committee meeting. The interested parties are the applicant or their agent and all people who have made written representations about the proposal.
Members of the public can attend Planning Committees and arrangements for public speaking are set out the Planning Committee Public Speaking Leaflet.:
At Planning Committee the Planning Officer will present the application and state the reasons for their recommendation. Further information on what happens at Planning Committee is available here.
If planning permission is granted, what happens next?
In most cases, you will have three years in which to start the development for which permission is granted. We strongly advise that you check any conditions attached to your permission, and comply with them before you proceed. Some conditions require discharging before development can start. Any changes to your plans are likely to require a further application. More information is available on the National Planning Practice Guidance website .
Further consent may also be required for works to listed buildings or works in conservation areas.
If proposal is refused what can I do?
Applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State within 8 weeks of the date of the decision for advertisements, 12 weeks for householder proposals or six months in most other cases. The Planning Inspectorate provide further information on appeals:
What are permitted development rights?
Some minor works can be carried out without applying for planning permission. These are known as permitted development rights.
See the planning portal for extensive information on permitted development rights: Do you need permission?
The Government has also prepared a helpful document: technical guidance for householder permitted development rights
Some of your permitted development rights may have been withdrawn. Check the planning history of your property here before undertaking any works. Permitted development rights might have been removed on the original planning permission for your house.
Permitted development rights may be different in a conservation area. Details of conservation area boundaries are available in the “Conservation Area Appraisal and Management” documents available here
Permitted development rights may also be different for a listed building. Check whether your property is listed here
What are the temporary increases to the size limits for single-storey rear extensions that must be completed by the 30th May 2019, and the associated neighbour consultation scheme?
Single-storey rear extensions can be 8 metres for detached houses, and 6 metres for any other type of house. This scheme does not apply to dwellings in conservation areas or within a site of special scientific interest. nor does it apply to flats or maisonettes Or any property that has had its permitted development rights removed. The Council must be notified in advance using the relevant form.
The Council will consult the adjoining neighbours. If your neighbours raise any concerns or objections, we will decide if their objections reveal any impact on the amenity of the neighbouring properties and whether your plans can go ahead.
Guidance on the scheme and application forms are available on the Planning Portal Notification of a Proposed Larger Home Extension
The deadline for completion for extensions under this scheme is the 30th May 2019.
Do I need planning permission to repair or replace windows or doors?
For guidance on whether you require permission to repair or replace windows or door, please see the Planning Portal windows and doors
How do I find the permitted use of a site?
You can find the permitted use of a site by requesting Pre-application advice
What is a use class?
The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as 'Use Classes'. It is likely that permission would be required to change from one use to another.
The Planning Portal provides detailed guidance on use classes and what requires planning permission. Change of Use
I think one of my neighbours are building something without planning permission, what should I do?
Your neighbour may have not needed planning permission under permitted development. Please see link for further information on permitted development
See link for information on the failure to obtain or comply with planning permission
Further information on how the Council deals with works undertaken without the necessary planning permission is available on our website
Can you tell me who owns land, a boundary or fence?
You can find details about non council owned land here
Dropped kerbs and hard surfaces within a garden
Do I need planning permission for a dropped kerb or access ?
You will need to contact us in the whether you live on a classified road or not.
If the access or dropped kerb is on a classified road it will require an application for planning permission.
If the access or dropped kerb is not on a classified road it is dealt with under Pre-application advice
Do I need planning permission to make changes to my front garden?
Planning permission may be required for hard surfaces within the garden of a dwelling. Please see the Planning Portal guidance on hard surfaces .