Planning Validation Guidance

Find out what you need to send in with your planning application

We can't validate your application until we have all the information we need. If you don't include everything we ask for when you first apply your application will be delayed. We'll let you know if anything is missing, but advise you to check what you need before you apply.

Plans and drawings

You can prepare plans yourself or employ an architect or similarly qualified person to do it for you. The important thing is that plans are clear and drawn to scale.

If you employ a professional to draw the plans for you they can submit applications and negotiate with us on your behalf.

Supporting documents

As well as the plans you might need to include additional information. These include a Design & Access Statement, Heritage Asset Statement or Arboricultural Impact Assessment. Please check our advice notes below to see what's needed for different types of applications.

If you are making an application that will affect a listed building or a conservation area or other heritage asset you will need to submit a Heritage Statement. Please refer to our guidance note below for further help and details of what you will need to consider and include in your statement.

Making an application for new or additional dwellings

Please refer to our Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing pages. Here you can find out about Section 106 requirements, including forms you need to submit with your application.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Council adopted the Bournemouth CIL Charging Schedule on 19th January 2016. The Charging Schedule came into effect on 1st March 2016 and applies to all planning decisions made from that date.

Please refer to the CIL webpage which sets out requirements for applicants and agents submitting planning applications.

How to submit your plans

Any plans submitted on-line or by email need to be in PDF format.

For most hardcopy applications you only need to send 2 copies of the plans and supporting documents, however:

  • for developments of more than 10 dwellings, or for new buildings with floor area over 1,000 square metres, you need to send 3 copies.
  • for listed building consent, you need to send 4 copies.

We need to scan your documents when we get them. Please don't have them bound or put them in plastic covers.


See the Planning Portal for an up to date list of fees and a fee calculator.

If you use the Planning Portal, you can pay by credit or debit card as part of the application process.

Alternatively you can pay us direct. If you pay by cheque please make sure you include the Planning Portal reference number, application address and contact details for the applicant or agent. You can also pay over the phone by debit or credit card.

PLEASE NOTE: Planning application fees are due to increase on 17th January 2018.

The new fees will apply if you are paying on or after that date. And also if you submit plans and documents on or after that date that are required to validate your application. Details of the new fee amounts.