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Making a Planning Application

Applicants are advised to contact planning services prior to the submission of a formal planning application, to obtain advice relating to their proposed scheme and an assessment of the planning merits of the scheme. Details relating to the Council's pre-application advice service are available online.

When making planning applications, a minimum level of information is required to be submitted to the Council. Without this information, your application cannot be registered as valid. A planning application form is required to be submitted, together with relevant plans and necessary pdf icon fee [161kb]. Our pdf icon Local List of Validation Requirements [356kb] sets out the information requirements for planning applications. Please note that additional requirements exist for works to Listed Buildings and within Conservation Areas.

For householder applications (works or extensions to an existing dwellinghouse, or works or extensions within the curtilage of an existing dwellinghouse), specific advice is available.

The submitted information will be checked on receipt, both for accuracy and completeness, and therefore it is essential that you check all plans thoroughly prior submitting them to the Council.

For payments of fees please telephone a member of Planning Support Services on 01494 732950 or alternatively payments can be made by personal visit to the Customer Services Planning Desk at the Council Offices. We also accept payments by post. Cheques should be made payable to 'Chiltern District Council'. We are unable to accept cash payments via the postal system.

We now accept applications via the Planning Portal, and would encourage all applicants to use this method. In using the Planning Portal, there are a number of tools and guides to help you prepare and submit your application. You do not need to send us any paper copies, but you need to make the payment separately and directly with us. Payments can be made over the telephone by credit or debit card on 01494 732950.

Alternatively, applications can be submitted in hard copy, or by email. Please note that the original plus one copy of all documentation is required to be submitted if proceeding to submit in hard copy, although more copies may be required for large and/or controversial applications.