Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling

Important notes

Householder applications should be submitted in accordance with the requirements in this checklist. If not, the application may be declared invalid and not determined or processing may be delayed.

If the application is submitted electronically one copy of the form and each of the drawings, plans and documentation will be required but 2 copies (1 original and 1 copy) will be required if the application is submitted in paper form.

Drawings should include information clearly stating the orignal size of the paper and include a scale bar indicating a minimum 0-10 metres. This is to enable them to be accurately read online. Plans marked with "do not scale" or any similar phrase will be returned as unacceptable as for planning purposes we must be able to scale from all drawings.

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National Requirements

  • Completed application form.

  • Location plan based on an up-to-date map. This should be at an identified standard metric scale typically 1:1250 or 1:2500 but where possible should be scaled to fit onto A3 or A4 sized paper. The application site should be clearly edged with a red line and a blue line drawn around any other land owned by the applicant close to or adjoining the application site.

  • Site plan at an identified scale with a north point showing the proposed development in relation to the site boundaries, and other existing buildings on site with written dimensions including those to boundaries and the following unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  • all the buildings, road and a footpath on land adjoining the site including access arrangements

  • all public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site

  • the position of all trees on the site and those on adjacent land

  • the extent and type of any hard surfacing and

  • boundary treatment including walls or fencing where this is proposed.

  • Appropriate ownership certificate and accompanying notice if required.

  • Agricultural land declaration.

  • The correct fee.

  • Design and Access Statement if appropriate.

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Local Requirements (reviewed 12 September 2014)

  • A plan showing the site, the proposal, the site boundaries and the position of neighbouring buildings at a scale of 1:200 or less (i.e. 1:100).

  • Existing and proposed elevations at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

  • Existing and proposed floor plans at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

  • Existing and proposed site sections and finished floor and site levels e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

  • Roof plans e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

  • Biodiversity/ecology/wildlife survey including bat and badger surveys and mitigation. Required if proposal is likely to have an impact on wildlife and biodiversity. (National Planning Policy Framework Section 11, Core Strategy Policies CS7 and CS8)

  • Daylight/sunlight assessment. Required if proposal is likely to have an adverse effect upon levels of light to adjoining sensitive land uses. (Core Strategy Policy CS21)

  • Flood risk assessment/completion and demonstration of compliancy with the Environment Agency's standing advice and the National Planning Policy Framework (Section 10 Meeting the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change).

  • Green belt very special circumstances case/argument where inappropriate development in the green belt is proposed. (National Planning Policy Framework Section 9, Core Strategy Policy CS6)

  • Green belt percentage volume increase calculations if development is to result in an increase in the size of the development. (National Planning Policy Framework Section 9, Core Strategy Policy CS6)

  • Landscaping proposals. Required if hard/ soft landscaping works are involved. (National Planning Policy Framework Sections 7 and 11, Core Strategy Policies CS21 and CS24)

  • Parking provision. Details of existing and proposed parking required if proposal affects existing parking spaces including on-street parking bays and/or is likely to create changes in the demand for parking on site or on surrounding streets.

  • Planning statement. To support the proposal. Optional

  • Photographs/photomontages. At applicant's discretion but will be required if the proposal is in a conservation area or affects a listed building.

  • Tree survey/method statement/arboricultural implications assessment. Required if proposal is likely to affect trees within the application site or on land adjacent to the site, including street trees. (National Planning Policy Framework Section 11, Core Strategy Policies CS7 and CS21)

  • Technical brochure and specifications required for applications for solar panels, sunpipes etc.

  • Heritage statement in accordance with the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework (Section 12 Conserving and enhancing the historic environment).

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Notices to be served on land owners

For applications where ownership certificate B or C is completed (i.e. where the applicant is not the sole owner of the application site) then the appropriate notice must be served in accordance with Article 11 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010.
Householder Notice 1 form.

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Apply online

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Printable application form

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Guidance on completing application form

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Fees