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Apply for planning permission

The quickest and easiest way to apply for planning permission is via the Planning Portal website.

Apply online now, or check our guide below if you're new to the planning application process.

Applicants/agents are advised that plans marked with "do not scale" or any similar phrase will be returned as unacceptable as for planning purposes we must be able to scale from all drawings

Step 1 - Check if you need planning permission

Not all work requires planning permission. You can check whether you need planning permission by using the interactive guide on the Planning Portal.

If you're still unsure, visit our Planning advice page.

Step 2 - Find the right application form

There are different types of planning application which require different forms. The Planning Portal asks questions to guide you to the correct form. You can either complete your application online, or print out the form and send us your application in the post. Pdf forms can be downloaded from our Planning application forms page.

Step 3 - Check what you need to submit

Before submitting your planning application you need to check what additional information you need to provide.

Step 4 - Submit your application and pay fees

You can submit your application for planning permission, along with any supporting information on the Planning Portal website. You can even pay your fees there.

If you'd prefer to apply by post you can still pay for a planning application online. You can also pay by cheque (please put the Planning Portal reference on the back) or over the telephone.

What happens next?

When we receive an application, a Planning Officer will check if anything is missing. If so, they will write to the agent or applicant explaining what is required and the application will remain invalid until all the required information is received.

Once we have all the correct information, the application will be registered. From registration, applications normally take a maximum of eight weeks to be determined, with the exception of:

  • Major applications which take a maximum of 13 weeks
  • Householder Prior Notification (Larger Home Extensions) applications which take a maximum of 42 days.

If we need to extend these time limits for any reason, the Case Officer will contact the agent or applicant.

A Decision Notice will be sent to the agent or applicant with the outcome the application.

Applications can be tracked via Runnymede Interactive Maps or via the Council's planning applications search.

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