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Apply for planning permission

The best way to apply for planning permission is through the government's planning portal website. The website allows you to complete an online application form, buy site location plans, attach drawings and make your application electronically.

Use the handy links below to find out more:

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About applying online

The planning portal website is designed to help you complete the application process and create and attach a professional quality site location plan by downloading appropriate Ordnance Survey maps.

It even calculates the correct planning application fees for you and allows you to pay online. When complete your application and site map can be printed and mailed, or sent to our planning department electronically. You will then be able to track the progress of your application online throughout the approval process.

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Can I review and edit my application online?

You don't have to complete your application online in one go - you can re-visit and re-edit when it suits you - it's that easy! You can also print out additional copies of your application(s) and/or site location map

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Can I find out if I need planning permission online?

Yes, the planning portal contains easy to follow help text and useful tools to help you find the information you need to decide if you need planning permission.

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How much will I pay?

In most cases you will have to pay a fee when you apply for planning permission. Application fees are set by the government and are the same for all councils across the country. If you are still unsure about how much you need to pay, you use the Planning Portal's fee calculator.

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Need help to complete your planning application?

For almost half of all applications we receive, we do not get given enough information and some are incomplete. If information is missing or if your application is not accurate, we will return it to you and to tell you what we need. Unfortunately we can't register your application until it is complete.

If you need help getting your planning application ready, why not find out about the pre-application service we can offer. We charge for this service, but it can help you to save time and money in the long-run. Find out more about our pre-app service.

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What happens when I've submitted my application online?

Once your application has been sent, it then goes into a five stage process. Find out more.

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I don't want to apply online

You can still submit planning applications by post, but it is a more complicated process, and we strongly recommend you consider applying online through the government's planning portal website.

To apply by post, please send two copies of your completed planning application forms, required documents and plans to our offices by post or in person. Please ensure that your application is accurate, complete and contains two copies of all drawings. This will help us deal with your application much quicker.

In most cases you will have to pay a fee when you apply for planning permission. Application fees are set by the government and are the same for all councils across the country. If you are still unsure about how much you need to pay, you use the planning portal's fee calculator

When we receive your application we will check it to make sure it is accurate and complete. If there are any problems we will let you know as soon as possible and explain what you need to do.

If there are no problems, we will write to you to acknowledge we have received your application. Then we will allocate a case officer to deal with your application.

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Detecting and preventing fraud

We have a duty to protect public funds and we may use the information you have provided to prevent and detect fraud. We may also share the information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

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Data protection

Planning applications and the associated supporting information is published lawfully as part of the Statutory Register of applications. This information is held manually and electronically by Lichfield District Council.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) gives rights to you about how your personal data is obtained and used by Lichfield District Council (the 'data controller'). Find out more.

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Any questions?

If you have any question, please contact the development control team on 01543 308174 or email

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

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Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.