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Planning applications

General guidance about the kinds of work for which you need to apply for planning permission and those that you do not.

You apply to your council for planning permission. You can check whether you need planning permission, or if your plans fall into permitted development before applying.

Planning applications are decided in line with the development plan unless there are very good reasons not to do so. Points that will be looked at include the following:

  • Number, size, layout, siting and external appearance of buildings
  • Proposed means of access, landscaping and impact on the neighbourhood
  • Availability of infrastructure, such as roads and water supply
  • Proposed use of the development


Permitted development

Read more about Permitted development
Find out if you need planning permission, or if your plans fall under permitted development.

Pre-application advice

Read more about Pre-application advice
Before a planning application is made, informal discussions with a planning officer can be useful.

How to apply

Read more about How to apply
Find out how to make a planning application to your local council

Planning fees

Read more about Planning fees
Fees for planning applications made to local councils.

Application search

Read more about Application search
Search for planning applications in your area of Dorset.

Useful planning websites

Read more about Useful planning websites
Links to websites with information on planning and related issues.
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