Submitting Planning Applications

Submitting Planning Applications


The development management process promotes timely, beneficial and sustainable development. It supports a proactive approach, encouraging pre-application engagement to provide clear advice for applicants prior to the submission of planning applications. Planning applications are assessed by the Planning section to ensure that proposed developments conform to the requirements of the Council's Adopted Development Plan Policies, as well as National Policy

Chiltern is predominantly a rural area, with a large proportion being designated as Green Belt land. The majority of the Area is also within the Chilterns AONB. These national designations are important constraints to development in the area and require a careful approach to development.

Before submitting an application

Some works do not require planning permission, and information relating to these can be found on the page Do I need planning permission?.

To obtain advice relating to a proposal prior to submitting a formal planning application, you can use our  Pre-application advice service.

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Please be aware the Council has produced Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) to provide advice and guidance on contributions for Affordable HousingResidential Extensions and Householder Development SPD, and Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy.

You are advised to check whether the guidance set out SPDs are relevant to your proposal before submitting your application; addressing this early on will result in fewer delays in the application process.

Making an application

Guidance is available to help you make applications.  Application forms are available to download. For information on what to submit with your planning application please see Planning Application Requirements.

Once a decision has been made

You may have to submit details relating to conditions before any works take place on the site.

If your application is refused, you may wish to submit a revised scheme for advice before resubmitting a formal planning application. Alternatively, you may wish to appeal against the decision.

A planning application has been made

Details of all planning applications can be viewed online, and comments relating to applications can also be submitted through this system. Further information for neighbours/interested parties is also available.