Apply for planning permission

Apply for planning permission

Find out how to submit a planning application, how much it will cost and what you need to include.

Before you apply

What you need to know before you apply.

When can you apply
You don't need to own land to apply for planning permission for it. This means you can apply for permission before deciding whether or not to buy a piece of land.
Who can apply
Anybody can apply for planning permission on any piece of land. You can appoint an agent (eg. architect, planning consultant) to apply for planning permission on your behalf and manage the application. Nevertheless, the following people must be informed about a planning application relating to land or buildings they have an interest in:
  • The owner or all the part-owner/s (if you are not the full owner)
  • Any leaseholders with at least seven years' lease remaining
  • Any agricultural tenants
For more information and to find independent advice with applications click here.

How to apply

We encourage you to submit your application online via the Planning Portal below.

  • Online applications are quicker, easier and cheaper for you to submit and for us to process
  • Encouraging online working by everyone helps to provide a faster, open, transparent and accessible planning service
  • Work on applications in draft before submission
  • Avoid time delays associated with postal systems
  • Pay fees online to help speed up the registration and validation process
  • Reduce the amount of paper used
For frequently asked questions from the Planning Portal click here

For Northumberland County Council’s planning validation checklist click here

Please note: We do not operate this website. Any queries regarding its use, such as logging in and accessing applications, can be resolved by emailing us here.

To download the Pre-application enquiry form click here.

Others way to apply
Alternatively, you can send your application by email.

 planning@northumberland.gov.uk  

For hard copy submissions four full colour copies of all documents associated with the application must be submitted and sent to:

Central Registry Team

Planning Department

Northumberland County Council

County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2EF

Please ensure you read the guidance notes and validation checklist to see what supporting information is required so we can deal with your application, or your application may be deemed invalid.

For information on how to pay click here.

Application forms

This section sets out the types of consent available along with guidance and information as set out on the Planning Portal.

For the fee schedule for planning applications click here

Pre-application enquiry

The council offers pre-application advice on development proposals as to whether consent is required and if proposals are likely to be approved.
Householder & householder prior approval
This form should be used for proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the boundary/garden of a house. It should be used for projects such as:
  • extensions
  • conservatories
  • loft conversions
  • dormer windows
  • garages, car-ports and outbuildings
If your property is a listed building, you may also need to apply for listed building consent. Householder consent is not applicable if you wish to erect a new dwelling, including demolition and replacement of an existing house.
Householder prior approval

Through a relaxation of permitted development for rear extensions the limit is increased to 6m for semi-detached or terraced houses and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2019 (not including Article 2(3) designated land). These increased limits are subject to the prior notification of the proposal to the Local Planning Authority and the implementation of a neighbour consultation scheme.
Full planning consent
You should use this application form to make a detailed planning application for development, excluding householder developments. For the purposes of this form, development includes building, engineering or other works, in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land. As such it should be used for:
  • any works relating to a flat
  • applications to change the number of dwellings (flat conversions, building a separate house in the garden)
  • changes of use to part or all of a property for which planning permission is required
  • anything outside the curtilage of the property (including stables in a separate paddock)
 
Outline planning consent & reserved matters
Applications for outline planning permission seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward.

This type of planning application allows fewer details about the proposal to be submitted. Once outline permission has been granted, you will need to ask for approval of the outstanding details (known as “reserved matters”) before work can start. These details will be the subject of an application for approval of reserved matters at a later stage.
Outline permission (all matters reserved)
Outline permission (some matters reserved)
Reserved matters
Where outline permission has been granted, you may, within three years of the outline approval, make an application for the outstanding reserved matters, i.e. the information excluded from the initial outline planning application. This will typically include information about the layout, access, scale and appearance of the development.
Listed building and demolition in a conservation area
Listed Building Consent

You will need to apply for listed building consent if either of the following cases apply:
  • you want to demolish a listed building
  • you want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest
You may also need listed building consent for any works to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building. Check the position carefully with the council, it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.
Demolition in a conservation area

If you live in a conservation area, you will need planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area to do the following:
  • demolish a building with a volume of more than 115 cubic metres. There are a few exceptions - you can get further information from the relevant council.
  • to demolish a gate, fence, wall or railing more than one metre high next to a highway (including a public footpath or bridleway) or public open space; or more than two metres high elsewhere.
 
Advertisement consent
This form should be used for proposals to display an advertisement or sign which requires planning permission. The term advertisement covers a very wide range of advertisements and signs including:
  • posters and notices
  • placards and boards
  • fascia signs and projecting signs
  • pole signs and canopy signs
  • models and devices
  • advance signs and directional signs
  • estate agents' boards
  • captive balloon advertising (not balloons in flight)
  • flag advertisements
  • price markers and price displays
  • traffic signs
  • town and village name-signs
 
Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)
For peace of mind that an existing or proposed use of a building is lawful or that the proposal doesn’t require planning permission, you can apply for a lawful development certificate. The certificate is a legal document which may be required if you come to sell your property in the future.
Existing use
Proposed use
Proposed works to a listed building
Removal/variations of conditions
This form should be used to make an application for the removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission or listed building consent. A variation of conditions application can be used to change the design of a scheme, where those changes are material to the application that has been approved.

Further information

Application form

Guidance notes

Validation checklist
Application for non-material amendments following planning permission
Following a grant of planning permission, the owner may wish to seek approval of amendments to the permission. An application for a “non-material amendment” removes the need for an entirely new planning application to be submitted where only a very small change is sought. Very small changes are termed as being ‘non-material’. Such an application, if approved, would form an amendment to the original planning permission and would be subject to the conditions and time limit of the original permission. It would not form a new planning permission and cannot be applied to listed building consents - a new application for listed building consent would be required in these cases.
Discharge/approval of conditions
This type of application will be necessary where a condition in a planning permission or a listed building consent requires details of a specified aspect of the development which was not fully described in the original application. These details need to be submitted for approval before the development can begin.
Works to trees and hedgerows
Tree Preservation Order & Trees in Conservation Area
This application applies to proposed work to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

In conservation areas, notice is required for works to trees that have a trunk diameter of more than 75mm when measured at 1.5m from ground level (or more than 100mm if reducing the number of trees to benefit the growth of other trees).

You have to give your local planning authority six weeks' notice before carrying out work on trees which are located in a conservation area but are not yet the subject of a tree preservation order. This gives the authority an opportunity to consider whether an order should be made to protect the trees. 5 Day Notice
Where a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order or in a conservation area and works are required because the tree is considered to be dead or imminently dangerous, a formal application is not required but at least five working days written notice must be given prior to the works taking place. Please email requests under a 5-Day Notice to planning@northumberland.gov.uk  and include as much information as possible, including reasons to evidence that the tree is dead or dangerous.

Hedgerows
Applications to remove ‘important’ hedgerows subject to protection under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. The regulations apply to any hedgerow which;
  • Grows in, or adjacent to any common land, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, or is used for agriculture, forestry or the breeding of horses, ponies and donkeys and;
  • Has a continuous length of at least 20 metres, or if less than 20 metres, meets another hedgerow at each end.
An important hedgerow is a hedge which has existed for 30 years or more and satisfies one or more of the criteria listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.
Councils can consider complaints about high hedges if all reasonable means have been taken to resolve the matter.
 
Prior notification
Some proposals for developments involving demolition, agriculture or forestry and telecommunication are subject to a process whereby the local planning authority are notified prior to the development taking place. This process involves the applicant notifying the local planning authority of their intent to conduct works which are usually permitted development. The local authority must then decide whether their prior approval is required for certain impacts associated with the works.  
Demolition  
Agricultural - proposed building  
Agricultural - proposed road  
Agricultural - excavation / waste material  
Agricultural - fish tank (fish tank)  
Telecommunications Code Operators
Prior approval
Some proposals allowed under permitted development are subject to prior-approval from the planning authority on specific issues. Applications of this kind include changes of use, conversion and extension.
 
Notification for prior approval of a proposed larger home extension
This template can be used by a householder to notify the local planning authority of the intention to build a larger single-storey rear extension.  
Notification for prior approval for a proposed change of use of a building from office use (Class B1(a)) to a dwellinghouse (Class C3)  
Notification for prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a dwellinghouse (Use Class C3), and for associated operational development Notification for prior approval for a proposed change of use of a building from shops (Class A1), financial and professional services (Class A2), a betting office, pay day loan shop, launderette or a mixed use combining use as a dwellinghouse with a betting office, pay day loan shop, launderette, shops (Class A1) or financial and professional services (Class A2) to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses), and for associated operational development  
Notification for prior approval of proposed change of use to state-funded school or registered nursery  
Notification for prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a state-funded school or registered nursery  
Notification for prior approval of proposed change of use of agricultural building to a flexible use within shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, business, storage or distribution, hotels, or assembly or leisure  
Notification for prior approval for a change of use from storage or distribution buildings (Class B8) and any land within its curtilage to dwellinghouses (Class C3)  
Notification for prior approval for a change of use from amusement arcades/centres and casinos, (sui generis uses) and any land within its curtilage to dwellinghouses (Class C3)
Notification for prior approval for a change of use from shops (Class A1), financial and professional services (Class A2), betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos (sui generis uses) to restaurants and caf├ęs (Class A3)  
Notification for prior approval for a change of use from shops (Class A1) and financial and professional services (Class A2), betting offices, pay day loan shops (sui generis uses) to assembly and leisure uses (Class D2)  
Notification for prior approval for a development consisting of the erection or construction of a collection facility within the curtilage of a shop  
Notification for prior approval for the temporary use of buildings or land for the purpose of commercial film-making and the associated temporary structures, works, plant or machinery required in connection with that use  
Notification for prior approval for the installation, alteration or replacement of other solar photovoltaics (PV) equipment on the roofs of non-domestic buildings, up to a capacity of 1 megawatt
Notification of an application to the owner of the land
If you are the sole owner of the land to which your planning application relates, you must sign certificate A on the application form. If, 21 days before the application, you were not the sole owner of any part of the land, you will need to formally notify the owner(s). You do this by completing notice one and sending it to any owner or part owner of any part of the site. You will also have to sign certificate B on the application form.
 
Notice One - Article 11 (This notice is to be printed and served on individuals prior to completing certificate B or C)  
Notice Two - Article 11 (This notice is for publication in local newspaper if certificate C or D is completed)
Modify/Discharge s106

Payment and timescales

Find out about payment and timescales below.

Payment
Planning fees for planning applications are set by central government and vary depending on the nature of the development you wish to carry out.
 
To use the Planning Portal fee calculator can work out the cost for you click here

For the full list of planning application fees click here
 
Planning application fees can be paid;  
Timescales
The Local Planning Authority aims to determine most applications within eight weeks from the date the application is valid. For major applications, the process may take up to 13 weeks or longer. For pre-application enquiries, they are subject to different timescales as set out in the Pre-Application Enquiry Protocol.

What next?

Find out the basic steps following an application submission below.

Basic overview
When an application is submitted, the basic steps are:
  1. The council will check that all the required information has been submitted. If information is missing or incorrect, we will write to you and your application will be put on hold.
  2. We will confirm that your application is valid and give you a date by which you should expect to receive a decision.
  3. We may write to your neighbours and consult with the relevant parish or town council to let them know an application has been made. Most applications are available to view online. If the site is subject to constraints, further consultation will be carried out.
  4. A planning officer may carry out a site visit and assess the proposal.
  5. A senior officer or in some cases planning committee will make a final decision based on the assessment and recommendation of the planning officer.
  6. We will send you or your Agent a decision notice that REFUSES or GRANTS Planning Permission and any conditions attached.
 
Most applications take 8 weeks to be determined. For major applications, this is 13 weeks.
 
For a more detailed explanation of the determination of applications click here.
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