What documents are required for my planning appplication?


Attempting a planning application on your own can seem a daunting task but if you break it down to individual components, it can be easy! Below is a list of the documentation required for a basic application, be sure to check with your local council for any additional reports that may be needed. If you are looking for architectural drawings, you have come to the right place!


Required planning documents

  • The correct Fee – currently £206 for a householder application
  • The completed application form – there are many to choose from but the most common is the householder application form, you should check with your local council before you begin
    • You must complete the relevant ownership certificate  and issue notice to the application site owners if required
    • The original and one copy is the minimum required, some councils may require more copies
  • The location plan – four copies are required to a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500. This should readily identify the site by including named roads, junctions or surrounding properties. A red line must be marked around the application site and access required to that site, a blue line should be used around all other land owned by the applicant which is adjoining or close to the application site
  • The block plan – four copies are required to a scale of 1:500 or 1:200. You will need to show
    • The direction of North
    • The proposal in relation to site boundaries and other buildings,
    • All buildings and roads on land adjoining the site
    • Details of any trees within 12 metres if the proposal
    • Any other details relating to the proposal such as hard-standing or fencing if it is proposed
  • Floor plans and Elevation drawings – four copies are required at a scale of either 1:100 or 1:50, this will need to include the existing and proposed or just the proposal for a detached building
    • A section drawing will also be required where the proposal involves a change in ground levels or on a sloping site
  • A design and access statement – not always required but it is a useful tool to add a bit of information to back up your application. This is a short report to support your application and will vary in scale depending on the complexity of the proposal. You can include photos of any existing buildings including any proposed materials and examples that may help justify your plans

Some areas will require additional information such as flood risk assessments, heritage statements or biodiversity surveys. Please check with your council before submitting your planning application.

Applications can be made online by visiting the planning portal website. You can also download the relevant forms from your local council website and submit via post. The benefit of using the planning portal is that this is generally a paperless application.

For more information visit the planning portal’s pages on how to submit your application – https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200126/applications/59/how_to_apply

Don't Be Shy

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.