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How to Apply for Planning Permission


Before you Apply...

Before you make an application, you should find whether you need planning permission. Plenty of useful advice is available here:

If you need planning permission, you should consider making a:


How do I apply for Planning Permission?


Apply Online

You can apply for planning permission on-line via the national Planning Portal| website. It is free to register. You can still  choose to send some of the information to us on paper. Application forms can also be downloaded from our website (see Application Forms below)

Prepare plans / drawings

You can prepare plans, drawings and supporting information yourself provided that any plans are clearly drawn to scale or you may choose to employ an architect, surveyor or similarly qualified person who will carry out the necessary technical work, submit the application and negotiate with the Council on your behalf. In some cases it will also be necessary for you to employ other professionals to produce specialised reports.

Prepare all the necessary documents

Read the validation guidance Validation Requirements and Guidance – Planning Advice Note| and use the relevant check lists to help you identify the drawings and supporting documents, information or reports that you will be required to submit for your particular application to meet Bournemouth’s locally adopted validation requirements. We will aim to assess your application to see whether it is valid within 6 working days of receipt. If it does not meet the validation requirements we will contact you by email or letter to request extra information or documents. In some case your application will be returned to you to make changes.

Paper / electronic documents? How many copies?

Any plans that are submitted on-line or by email need to be in pdf format.  

If you send paper documents to us please provide 2 copies (3 for developments creating more than 10 dwellings or new buildings with floor area of and above 1000m2 or 4 if you are applying for listed building consent) of the application form, plans and supporting documents.

Documents and reports will need to be scanned please leave one copy unbound for ease of scanning and keep the use of non recyclable items e.g. plastic covers to a minimum.

No access to internet?

If the person who is making the application does not have access to the internet a paper application form can be supplied. They will need to phone or email the Customer Services Centre to obtain an application pack.

Affordable Housing

From the 1st July 2013 applicants who opt to submit viability data for assessment by the DVS to establish whether an affordable housing contribution will need to submit a fee for this work with their application. Please download details of the fees:

Affordable Housing Viability Assessment Fees |


Application Forms  

Householder Forms|

Full Application Forms|

Outline Application Forms|

Miscellaneous Application Forms|

Lawful Development Certificate Forms|

Additional Forms|


Planning Application Fees

Application fees increased on 22nd November 2012.
Please download the current fee schedule|

If you need help calculating your application fee please use the
Planning Portal Fee Calculator|

To pay application fees or developer contributions, see our payment page|.

Related Information


Postal Address Planning & Transport,
Town Hall Annexe,
St Stephen's Road,
Telephone 01202 451323
Fax 01202 451005
Minicom 01202 454728
Email Planning