Search site
Chiltern District Council
Search site

Planning application process

On receipt

When we have received your application, it will go through a validation process to ensure all required information has been submitted, and the information is complete and accurate. Our pdf icon Local List Validation Requirements [356kb] document sets the validation requirements for planning applications. We will notify you in writing of any omissions or inaccuracies in the submitted details. Once a complete and correct application has been received, it will be formally registered as valid and allocated to a Planning Officer. You (or your agent if they submit an application on your behalf) will receive a letter of acknowledgement, which sets out when you can expect to receive a decision, the application reference number, and contact details of the case officer dealing with your application. In general, the Council aims to deal with all planning applications within 8 weeks, and all larger scale developments within 13 weeks. Once valid, your application will be available to view online and in the Council Offices.

Once registered as valid

Town and Parish Councils are notified of all new planning applications, other than applications for non-material amendments. A weekly list of new applications received is published by the Council and is circulated to Councillors, Town and Parish Councils, local libraries and to the local press, who publish details in local papers circulating in the district. Occupiers of neighbouring properties are notified, and in some cases advertisements may be displayed in the local newspaper, or in the form of a site notice. See the pdf icon neighbour notification guidance [129kb] for more information. Statutory and other consultees who need to know about the proposals will also be notified, and these may include the District Historic Buildings Officer, District Tree and Landscape Officer, County Highway Engineer, Environment Agency or County Archaeological Planning Officer.

The case officer will make a site inspection to view the site circumstances. In the first instance an appointment may not be made for this visit, as it is an opportunity for the case officer to view the site subjectively. The case officer will consider the planning policies and criteria contained in the Adopted Development Plan, and will also take into account Government planning guidance, third party representations, consultee responses and other relevant factors as necessary when drafting their recommendation.


Most applications are determined under the delegated powers of the Council's Head of Planning Services, even if there are objections. Planning applications are only decided by the Planning Committee if they are referred to that Committee by a District Councillor, or are planning applications submitted by the District Council, a District Councillor, an Officer of the Planning Department or another senior officer of the Council.

Planning Committee is a public meeting which takes place every three weeks, with the agenda for each published in the week before. You will be notified once the agenda has been published if your application is due to be presented at committee, in which case you will be given the opportunity to speak. During the Committee meeting, one representative has the opportunity to speak in favour of the application, and one in opposition. Town and Parish Councillors are also given the opportunity to speak. Visit the Planning Committee section to view the schedule of Committee meetings, with relevant Agendas/Minutes.