In most cases planning permission is required to carry out development and we encourage you to discuss your proposals with us before you submit your application. You will be advised about which forms need to be completed, the sort of issues that you will need to address in your application and whether your application is likely to be acceptable in planning terms.
The starting point for all applications is that they should be in accordance with the approved statutory development plan, the Nottinghamshire Mineral Local Plan and the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Waste Local Plan (to be replaced with Minerals and Waste Development Frameworks) and the district councils' Local Plans. Applications also need to comply with any other relevant planning guidance and policies. However, in exceptional circumstances 'material considerations' can, depending on the circumstances, justify granting planning permission as a departure from the Development Plan.
Some minor works are deemed to be what is known as 'permitted development' and therefore do not require a planning application to be made – please check with us if you think the works you are proposing may fall into this category.
Consultation on the introduction of charging for pre-application advice
Nottinghamshire County Council, as County Planning Authority, deals with Waste, Minerals and the Council’s own development. The Development Management Team currently provides pre-application advice to prospective applicants/ agents on an informal basis without a charge. However, like many other authorities, Nottinghamshire County Council had decided that it cannot continue to provide this service free of charge. The principle of charging for pre-application advice was included within the consultation on the County Council’s budget proposals.
The Local Government Act 2003 gives local authorities the powers to charge for ”discretionary activities”, i.e. those they do not have a mandatory duty to provide. In order to continue to provide this pre-application service within a timely manner the Council will be introducing charges, this is likely to be from July this year.
The County Council is consulting on the proposed details of the pre-application charging regime and would like to hear from you if you have any comments. Details of the proposed scale of charges, the list of information that will need to accompany requests for advice, together with the details and timeframe of the Council’s response are set out below. Please note some developments, particularly the smaller scale proposals, will fall outside the charging regime and pre-application advice will continue free of charge.
The proposals are open to public consultation from 31st March until 23rd April 2014. Should you wish to make comments you may submit them by:
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
- letter to Nottinghamshire County Council, Development Management Team, Planning Policy, 1st Floor, County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP
Comments should be submitted to the County Council by 5pm on 23rd April 2014 at the latest.
What happens next?
After this consultation period, the County Council will consider all the comments received. The final details of the pre-application charging regime will then be taken to the County Council’s Members for approval. As stated above it is likely the charges will come into force on 1st July 2014.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Policy on the Validation Requirements for Planning Applications
Since 2008 local planning authorities have had to publish a list of information they require to "validate" the planning applications they receive. The process, known as validation, allows us to decide whether we have all the correct and adequate information to enable us to make a decision on a planning application. The Validation list forms two components; the national requirements, including the planning application form, the correct fee and certificates etc. and secondly, the local validation requirements known as the "local list".
The County Council has recently updated its Validation document to reflect policy and legislative changes. It was adopted as Council policy on 5 February 2014.
A copy of the list may be viewed and downloaded below.
The following documents contained within the 'Further Information' section of the Validation Guidance document, have been cancelled following the launch of the Planning Practice Guidance Suite on the 6 March 2014.
- Circular 02/99 - Environmental Impact Assessment
- Planning Obligations: Practice Guidance 2006, and
- Planning for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice (2006)
These documents may have been superceded by the Planning Practice Guidance Suite which can be viewed online.
The forms below can be completed and sent to us by post or electronically (view our contact details), along with all supporting documents. If you are supplying supporting documents electronically, please send them in PDF, JPG, PNG or Microsoft Word format. We do not currently offer online payments, so payments must be posted.
Planning applications (with the exception of minerals applications) can be submitted online via the Planning Portal. Alternatively, the relevant form can be printed from the list below for accompanying a postal application.
When submitting applications relating to County Council developments under regulation 3 via the Planning Portal, please ensure that the regulation 3 tick box is selected in order to apply to the County Council Authority. Alternatively if submitting by post, please choose the relevant application form in the list below as normal.
Planning permission for quarries, open-cast and underground mining, landfill sites, and oil/gas wells
To find out if you need planning permission for quarries, open-cast and underground mining, oil and gas wells, landfill sites, and sewerage treatment works, please contact us.
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