Planning and Buildings

We make sure that all building work in Bournemouth complies with our Planning policies. When you plan to do any work to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission or building regulation approval. We also make current planning applications public to allow residents to see what work is taking place.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

Planning permission has a cost so we recommend that you check if you need it before applying. Complete a pre-application to check.

Building Control

Building Control makes sure buildings are safe, assessable and energy efficient. New builds need approval from Building Regulations.

Planning Enforcement 

We investigate and take action against planning breaches, such as unauthorised building work.

Apply for Planning Permission

When you apply for planning permission, we check that it fits in with our policies. We also advertise your documents to the public.

Heritage, Conservation and Design

We protect Bournemouth’s trees and historic buildings. We also promote good design of buildings and spaces.

Planning Applications

You can view current planning applications and decisions online or at our offices in the Town Hall. You’ll be able to object, or support current applications too.

Planning Policy

Find out about planning policies, local plan, strategies and development schemes.