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How to apply for planning permission

Changes to permitted development rules for some home extensions - the Government has introduced legislation to remove the need for planning permission for some rear home extensions and introduced a new process.

Follow the links to read our guidance note (PDF 50KB) and to download the home extension prior notification form (Word 127KB).

Completed forms and a site plan can be submitted by email to d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk.

Making an application

Planning applications have to be made on the national standard planning application (1APP) forms. The 1APP forms cover the full range of applications for planning permission.

Planning Portal logoThe simplest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal:

To make an online application, you have to register with the Planning Portal. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

Once logged on, you will be asked a series of questions to help determine which application form to complete. A form specific to the proposal is generated once this procedure is completed.

If you wish to make a paper application you can download or print off the 1APP forms you need by following the link below:

The forms are accompanied by guidance notes to help you provide the correct information and appropriate plans with your application.

Validation checklists

Before making a planning application you should use our validation checklists to check your submission includes all the information necessary for the application to be validated.

Location and site plans

Every planning application needs a site location plan and a block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. There is a choice of online services you can use to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant:

Planning application fees 

Every application must be accompanied by the correct fee. The Government sets the planning application fees that apply across the country. The fee for a domestic extension planning application will normally be £172. There is no fee for a listed building consent.

Larger scale applications attract higher fees, reflecting the additional work involved, the maximum fee for a major development of houses is £250,000.

Follow this link to see a list of planning application fees (PDF 72KB) - effective from 1 August 2014.

The Planning Portal's planning application fee calculator can help you work out the cost of any particular planning application, ranging from simple householder development to large scale schemes.

Design and access statements

Outline and full planning applications must be accompanied by a design and access statement unless the application is for engineering works, alterations or extensions to a dwelling house that is outside a conservation area or other designated area or a material change of use.

Listed building consent applications must be accompanied by a design and access statement.

More information about design and access statements is available on the Planning Portal.

How long does it take?

Suffolk Coastal aims to determine the majority of straightforward applications within eight weeks and the majority of more complicated applications within 13 weeks. You can also monitor the progress of your application online.

How applications are processed

Planning applications will be judged against Development Plan policy, Government advice and on their development control merits.

A domestic extension, for example, will be judged having regard to the policies mentioned above and on its impact in the street scene, its design and any effect upon neighbouring residential amenity such as overlooking, overshadowing or an overbearing impact. Listed building consent will be judged on the impact the proposal may have upon the character of the listed building.

The majority of applications are determined by the Head of Planning Services under delegated powers set out in the Scheme of Delegation (PDF 26KB). The final decision on an application will be sent to applicants promptly together with any conditions attached to the permission or reasons for its refusal. If permission is refused, the applicant’s right of appeal against this decision will be explained.

Development Management Sub-Committees

Around 15% of planning applications received by the Council are determined by the two area Development Management Sub-Committees. Applications are normally reported to the sub-committees if there are local objections or representations made by the ward councillor.

If you wish to object to, or support an application, you may speak at the Development Management Sub-Committee meeting considering the application. To find out more please read the leaflet below which describes the procedure in detail:

What you can expect from us

Follow this link to find out about the service you can expect when we deal with planning applications and the standards we work to.