Chelmsford City Council

Make a planning application

You can make a planning application yourself, or employ a local planning agent, architect or trade professional to help you. You can find information about professional bodies and trade associationson the Planning Portal.

After you have checked if you need planning permissionand decided if you need pre-application advice, you can apply for planning permission.

When you apply for planning permission, you need to:

  1. submit the correct application form and supporting documents
  2. pay the correct planning application fee
  3. understand the planning application process
  4. find out how to appeal the planning decision


1. Submit the correct application form and supporting documents

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You need to submit the correct planning application form and supporting documents for the work you are planning to carry out.

If you submit the wrong form or any documents are missing, your application will not be valid. This will delay the application process, meaning it will take much longer for you to receive a decision.

When you submit an online application on the Planning Portal, you will be able to view guidance and find the correct application form.

If you are unable to complete your planning application online, it is possible for you to submit your planning application by post. You can view a list of planning application forms on the Planning Portal, and print what you need. To find the form you need on the Planning Portal, you will need to enter your postcode or address. You can also download the forms that are not available on the Planning Portal.

You need to make sure that you submit all of the correct supporting documents when you complete your planning application. To find which supporting documents you need for the work you are planning to carry out, you should check:

The National Validation List applies to all planning applications in England, and the Local Validation List only applies to applications you submit to us. We updated the Local Validation List in October 2017.

For major developments, you will also need to submit a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) checklist.

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    Last updated: 17 February 2020

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