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Making a planning application

Planning applications can be submitted online, in writing or in person.

It is advisable to check at the outset with the Planning Office to see if permission is needed. Please email or post details of your proposal, attaching a scale drawing.

What do I need to submit?

Planning application fees, forms and checklists vary depending on the type of application.

Under certain circumstances you may also need to submit a design and access statement.

Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on, the required supporting documentation, the completed form and the fee. Required supporting documentation can be found on the relevant checklist. The original and three copies of the form and any supporting information, including plans, are required.

Ordnance survey plans can be purchased from Customer Services at the Marina Customer Service Centre, Lowestoft or you can use the Planning Portal's 'Buy a Plan' service to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant.

The 'What to submit' best practice guide advises on the types of plans required with planning applications and how to mark them correctly.


It is advisable to check at the outset with the Planning Office to see if permission is needed.

Submit a planning application

The appropriate application form and supporting documents to be submitted.

Receipt and validation

Upon receipt of a planning application, we will check to make sure that all of the relevant application forms have been completed correctly and that all of the necessary plans, drawings and other supporting information has been submitted with the application.

Once all of the necessary information has been submitted, the application will be validated. An acknowledgement will then be sent to the applicant or agent and the application is recorded within the planning register, which the Council is required to maintain and make available for public inspection.


Depending on the proposed development, it may be necessary for the local planning authority to formally consult with other departments or statutory bodies over the proposed development. The Council will also send a formal consultation to the local Parish or Town Council.


Neighbour notification letters will be sent to selected local properties in writing. When appropriate, site notices will be displayed. Some applications are also displayed in the local press.

What policies are taken into account?

Policies in the relevant Local Plan will be taken into account when considering planning applications.

Scheme of Delegation

Most minor applications are decided by senior planning officers under the Scheme of Delegation. Major or controversial proposals are considered at a meeting of the Planning Committee.


Applications are usually determined within:

  • 8 weeks - minor applications (smaller developments) and other applications (extensions, conservatories, advertising signs etc)
  • 13 weeks - major applications (developments of ten or more houses and larger commercial or industrial proposals)


The applicant has the right of appeal to the Government against refusals.

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