Chelmsford City Council

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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 associations on the Planning Portal.

After you have  checked if you need planning permission and  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


3. Understand the planning application process

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • validate your application
    We will check that you have submitted all of the required documents and drawings, and you have paid the correct fee. If there are any problems, we will contact you.
  • notify neighbours
    We will notify your immediate neighbours. During the three week notification period, they can submit objections and comments.
    We suggest that you speak to your neighbours about your proposal before you submit your application.
  • carry out consultations
    We will send consultations to the local parish or town council, and in some cases to other organisations such as Essex County Council's Highways Authority.

  • visit the site
    We need to carry out a site visit for every planning application we receive. If we can see the location of your proposal from the road, we will not need to contact you to arrange a visit. If your proposal is to the rear and is not accessible, you will need to contact us to arrange a convenient time for us to visit.
    We will also display a yellow notice either outside or near the site. Once the date for comments has passes, you can remove the notice. The date is clearly displayed on the notice.

  • assess the application
    We don’t issue updates during the assessment period, but you can check the status of your application online.

  • write a report
    Your case officer will write a formal report, and recommend your application for approval or refusal.

  • make a decision
    The Director of Sustainable Communities deals with most applications, under delegated powers from the Council.
    We will notify you if your application is going to the Planning Committee to be dealt with.

  • issue a decision
    We will issue a decision within:

  • 8 weeks
  • 13 weeks for applications for major developments
  • 16 weeks if your application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment

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