Making a Planning Application

A 20% increase in Planning fees has come into force on 17 January 2018. If you have submitted an application prior to that date which does not comply with all statutory requirements and those on our local validation requirements we will be unable to validate your application and thus the new fee will apply.

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 fee. Our  Icon for pdf Local List of Validation Requirements [356.18KB] sets out the information requirements for planning applications. Please note that additional requirements exist for works to Listed Buildings and 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.

End of duty planning officer service at CDC offices

As part of the Shared Service Review between CDC and SBDC, and in developing the Customer Services model in relation to planning, the planning officer duty service currently operated three mornings a week at King George V House finished in 2017. 

The service, currently involving the provision of free advice by an officer in person or on the telephone, is to be replaced with other channels of information available on a single planning website.  This will provide clear and quality information and encourage customers to self-serve, by the development of online forms and directing customers to online sources of guidance, such as the planning portal.  Customers are therefore encouraged to make use of the pre-application advice service (for which there is a schedule of fees payable) should they wish to seek informal advice on schemes which they intend to submit for planning permission.