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 (which currently comprises the East Midlands Regional Plan (published March 2009), the Minerals and Waste Local Plans (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.
The Guidance Notes on the Validation of Planning Applications [PDF 201KB] sets out the 'minimum' requirements applicants need to submit to enable proper validation and determination of applications. Contact us if you have any questions about this.
Please note: the guidance notes are now out of date and do not fully take account of recent changes to Planning legislation. We have been advised that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will update the Planning Portal guidance notes as soon as is possible.
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 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.
How decisions are made
Find out how planning decisions are made.