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How Do I Apply for Planning Permission ?



Shortcut to this page:www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningforms

Birmingham now receives 78% of its applications online and we would recommend that you make your application via the Planning Portal. Submitting your application this way makes the registration and consultation process more efficient and faster.

The Benefits of applying online Include

  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement

  • Savings on postage and printing costs

  • Online help function when completing applications

  • Online record of your application

  • Online payment

If you prefer, you can complete your application form online and submit supporting documents and fees by post.

Please note a planning application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received.

Please ensure you have read the appropriate Validation Checklists and addressed any issues covered. Alternatively you can download the appropriate Application Form from the Planning Portal website.

How much will my planning application cost?

Every application must be accompanied by the correct fee. The Government sets the Planning Application Fees that apply across the country.

How to pay for your planning application?

  • World pay via the Planning Portal
  • Card payment over the phone
  • Cheque payment by post

Information we need with your planning application

For every application it is important that you provide us with all the correct information and plans and ensure that the correct certificates are completed. In order to help you assess what information and plans may be required for your application we have produced a checklist of information requirements.

These validation checklists set out details of the different types of information you should provide when submitting a planning application.

Please read the advice carefully because if you fail to provide information that is deemed necessary for your application we will not validate your submission until all the information has been received.

Other Useful Information

Preparing your Application Plans

You can submit your application yourself provided you can prepare any technical drawings and supporting statements required. You may like to use a suitably qualified agent as many poorly prepared applications are declared invalid and are delayed, or refused planning permission.

Ordnance Survey Plan

You are required to provide a location plan showing the application site at a scale of 1:1250. This is usually provided on an Ordnance Survey Plan and can be purchased through the Planning Portal's Buy a Plan service or through our local suppliers.

Equalities Monitoring Form

It would help us when submitting your Planning Application if you could complete our Equalities Monitoring form so we can check there is a fair planning process for all. Monitoring is essential if we are to address the needs of all sections of the community. It will help us fulfil the Government’s aim to build sustainable and inclusive communities and to reduce social exclusion. This form is available here

Building Regulations

If your application involves any building work you may need to contact our Building Consultancy service

Need help applying

The Planning Portal guides you through the process of applying online. If you need any help or have any queries when applying online contact the Planning Portal Help Centre.

If you need help with your paper submission, please contact us


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Last Updated : 10th November 2014