Applying to North Dorset District Council
Information on applying to North Dorset District Council for planning permission.
If you think you might need to apply for planning permission:
There are also the Planning Portal Householder Guides (opens in a new window) created by the government's Planning Portal where you can check to see whether particular types of development require planning permission. Alternatively, contact North Dorset District Council's Development Control Service.
It is not necessary to make the application yourself. If you wish, you can appoint an agent (for instance, an architect, a solicitor, or a builder) to make it for you.
Anyone can make an application, irrespective of who owns the land or buildings concerned. However, if you are not the owner, or if you have only part-ownership, you have to inform the owner or those who share ownership, including any leaseholder whose lease still has seven or more years to run, and any agricultural tenant.
Decide what type of application you need to make. In most cases this will be a full application but there are a few circumstances when you may want to make an outline application - for example, if you want to see what the council thinks of the building work you intend to carry out before you go to the trouble of making detailed drawings (but you will still need to submit details at a later stage).
Once you are sure which type of application you need to make for planning permission, then there are two ways to apply:
- A paper application: You can either download the North Dorset District Council - Planning application forms, or hard copies can be obtained by contacting the Development Control team
- An online application: North Dorset District Council supports and promotes the submission of planning applications online. Online applications are made through the government's Planning Portal - Apply for planning permission on-line (opens in a new window) - which also provides general information and guidance on the planning process
In both instances, paper or online, we require certain statutory information in order for the application to be registered as valid. This in most cases includes a Planning Fee - Planning Fees (opens in a new window) .
Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have read the Planning Application Requirements document (pdf, 282kb) (opens in a new window) - for the application type(s) you are applying for, checking both National and Regional requirements. This document (which is also referred to as the validation checklist) specifies the documentation and supporting information which will be required before an application can be registered. Failure to comply with the requirements will render the application invalid and it is likely to be returned to you. For reference there is also the Explanation of Local Requirements (pdf, 126kb) (opens in a new window) document.
You apply to the Council's Development Control Service for planning permission. Planning applications are decided in line with the North Dorset local planning policy unless there are very good reasons not to do so. Points that will be considered 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
Submit the completed application forms either via the Planning Portal or directly to the Development Control Service, together with the correct fee. Please ensure that if submitting a paper application that you have submitted the correct number of copies.
Pre-application advice for North Dorset
From 1 April 2011, we are introducing charges for most planning advice. The fees will be payable before any advice is given and will apply to all requests for advice received after 31 March 2011. Free, informal advice will no longer be given over the telephone or to visitors to the Council's offices.
North Dorset District Council - Planning application forms
Planning Application Forms for North Dorset District Council.
Notice to install electronic communications apparatus - North Dorset
List of the Notices of intention to install electronic communications apparatus made to North Dorset District Council.
Mobile mast rollout schedules - North Dorset
Please download and view the documents for each mobile phone operator's anticipated roll out programme in the period 2011 to 2012 in respect of any proposed development within the North Dorset District Council boundary.