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Planning Application Forms, fees and guidance

If you want to make a planning application to the Council, you must submit it on a standard form, either online or by post.

How to submit a planning application

The simplest way to submit a planning application is online. Click the 'apply online' image below. 

Planning Portal Apply Online

Registration is easy and applying online has many benefits including:

  • Save your application and return to it later
  • Submit your application online at any time
  • No postal delays or printing costs for you
  • Immediate delivery and confirmation
  • Attach all supporting documents and plans
  • Secure, online record and audit trail of all your applications

There is step-by-step advice for each type of application form and your application and the documents you submit will be immediately sent to the council.

You can also choose to download the application forms  and post the completed application to the address at the top of the form.

Applications submitted by post will take longer to review than online applications. 

How to avoid delays in processing your application

An application will only be progressed once we receive all of the necessary plans, supporting documentation and the appropriate fee.  Applications are often incomplete because:

What it costs

Remember, your application cannot be progressed until the correct fees have been received!

The easiest way to find out what your planning application fees will be is to use The Planning Portal Fee Calculator

Further details of how fees are calculated can be found on the planning portal

How do I calculate the applicable area for an application fee?

Wherever a fee is based on site area, it is defined as the area to which the application relates, i.e. the land that is being developed, including any which changes its use as part of the development.

This should normally be shown edged in red on the plans accompanying the application.

How is 'floor space' defined?

Wherever a fee is based on floor space, the floor space calculation should include the gross amount (of all storeys) to be created by the development shown in the application.

For the purposes of calculating the fees, this measureased on floor space, the floor space calculation should include the gross amount (of all storeys) to be created by the development shown ment is the external measurement of the structure and should include the thickness of the internal and external walls. The calculated floor space should not include other areas inside a building which are not readily usable by humans or animals. For example lift shafts, fluid tanks, loft spaces etc.

What documents to submit with your planning application

As well as the application form and the necessary fee plans and documents will be required.  When we receive your application we validate it to see if it meets national and local requirements.

If you do not submit everything that we need then we cannot register your application and your decision will be delayed.

We have shown the bare minimum of documents that you need to send us below. Different types of application will require more information.

Plans and drawings

All plans that you submit must:

  • Use a recognised metric scale
  • Have the scale must be marked on the plans
  • Show a  scale bar or at least have one measurement marked
  • Show the direction of North

Please also:

  • give each plan a unique plan number and revision number if necessary
  • mark elevations with North, South, East or West (sometimes front, side and rear is not obvious)

Location Plan

The plan must show the application site outlined in red at a metric scale of 1:1250 (or 1:2500 in more rural areas) with a north point shown. Any other adjacent land owned by the applicant must be outlined in blue. The site location plan should also include nearby properties, their postal numbers and at least two named roads.

The Use of Ordnance Survey Maps  -  There are some important areas that you need to be aware of when you're using Ordnance Survey maps for a planning application.  The map can't be a Land Registry document, and it must not have been used for more than one application. The planning map must have the Ordnance Survey Crown copyright marked on it. You cannot use a screen grab or a photocopy, and if you're using a hand-drawn map, it can't be copied from an existing Ordnance Survey map. If you are copying or printing the maps for use in your application, you need to display the appropriate licence number.

Site/Block Plan

A site/block plan of the site to a scale of not less than 1:200 showing existing features of the site, e.g. walls, buildings, other structures and boundary treatments (i.e. walls and fences). All new works must be shaded in red. You will also need to show any trees on the site and indicate their location, species, girth and spread on the map.

Other plans/drawings

The following plans/drawings should clearly outline any materials or finishes to be used. This may include render type and colour, roofing slates, eaves, verge details, and door & window styles:

  • Existing and proposed elevations (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
  • Existing and proposed floor plans (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
  • Existing and proposed cross section/site sections and finished floor and site levels (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100
  • Roof plans (e.g. at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100) (if any kind of work or alteration to roof is proposed)

Supporting Statements/Assessments

Please use the Icon for pdf South Hams and West Devon Local Validation List Sept 2014 [1.09MB] to check if you need to submit any additional supporting statements or assessments, for example, regarding drainage or contaminated land.

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) may be required for any application where you are undertaking work which involves:  works to a roof, roof space, weather boarding or hanging tiles e.g. loft conversion, roof raising, extensions, barn conversions to an existing building - further details and other reasons for requiring a PEA can be found in the Local Validation Checklist on the right of this page.

Further information can be found on the Planning Portal