Part 1 - National Requirements
PART 1: National Requirements
Types of Application
For all types of development other than for housing (for example: employment or retail) information on non-residential floor space must be provided in terms of gross internal floor space.
All applications (where a fee is necessary)
The Planning Portal includes a fee calculator and a fee schedule for applicants, although each Local Planning Authority is able to advise applicants on specific cases and payments methods - 'Fee Calculator' or Fee Guide
Note: For the purpose of fee calculation, floor space is taken to be the gross amount (all storeys, including basements and garaging) to be created by the development. This is an external measurement, including thickness of external and internal walls.
Except for consent to display Advertisements
Only one ownership certificate should be signed. If more than one certificate is signed your application cannot be processed.
This should only be completed if the applicant is the sole owner of the land to which the application relates and there are no agricultural tenants.
This should be completed if the applicant is not the sole owner, or if there are agricultural tenants, and the applicant knows the names and addresses of all the other owners and/or agricultural tenants.
This should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the name and address of all of the owners and/or agricultural tenants. You must also give details of the steps taken to find the other owners, including details of the advert published in the local paper.
This should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the names and addresses of any of the owners and/or agricultural tenants. You must also give details of the steps taken to find the other owners, including details of the advert published in the local paper.
An ‘owner’ is anyone with a freehold interest, or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years. In the case of development consisting of the winning or working of minerals, a person entitled to an interest in a mineral in the land is also an owner.
An ‘agricultural tenant’ is a tenant of an agricultural holding, any part of which is comprised in the land to which the application relates.
The applicant must serve notice on all owners of the application site including any agricultural tenants. Failure to serve the correct notice will invalidate the application.
If you need to serve notice on someone else with an interest in the land, you must serve formal notice at least 21 days before the application is submitted.
The relevant notice templates are available from the Planning Portal website.
For Householder Application Use:
For Other Application Use:
A site location plan shows the proposal in its surrounding context and must:
(Existing and Proposed)
A block / site plan shows the development in more detail and must:
i. On the site
ii. On land adjoining the site
iii. On the site
iv. On land adjoining the site
Design and Access Statement (DAS)
Not statutorily required for all applications
A Design and Access Statement is a short report accompanying certain application for planning permission and application for listed building consent. They provide a framework for applicants to explain how the proposed development is a suitable response to the site and its setting, and demonstrate that it can be adequately accessed by prospective users.
Design and Access Statements can help decision making by enabling local planning authorities and third parties to better understand the applicants analysis that has led to the choice of design of a development proposal.
The level of detail in a Design and Access Statement needs to be proportionate to the complexity of the application, but not be overly long or complex.
Refer to Guidance Notes:
An outline planning application is a means of establishing the principle of a proposed development without having to supply all of the details. The grant of outline planning permission will then be conditional upon the subsequent approval of details of ‘reserved matters’ – as defined below.
The Government has set down the minimum level of information that must be submitted with outline applications, as follows:-
- Use The use or uses proposed for the development and any distinct development zones within the application site.
- Amount of Development The amount of development for each use.
- Indicative Access Points An area or areas in which access points to the site will be situated.
An outline application may also contain details and seek approval of one or more of the reserved matters, but a least one must be reserved for later approval. It should be noted that for an outline application it is necessary to indicate access points on the submitted plans even if access will be a reserved matter.
Reserved matters are defined by the government as follows:-
- Layout The way in which buildings, routes and open spaces are provided within the development and their relationship to buildings and spaces outside the development
- Scale The height, width and length of each building proposed in relation to its surroundings.
- Appearance The aspects of a building or place which determine the visual impression it makes. This includes the external built form of the development, its architecture, materials, decoration, lighting, colour and texture.
- Access The accessibility to and within the site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians in terms of the positioning and treatment of access and circulation and how these fit into the surrounding network.
- Landscaping This is the treatment of private and public space to enhance or protect the amenities of the site through hard and soft measures. This may include, for example, planting of trees or hedges, screening by fences or walls, the formation of banks or terraces, or the layout of gardens, courts or squares.