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Guidance before submitting an application

Important Information

The pre-application and enquiry service has been TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED due to the high volume of applications we are receiving.

Pre-applications for major and strategic developments will continue to be accepted.

If you are seeking advice on whether planning permission would be required, please visit the planning guides and case studies page.

Alternatively you can submit a certificate of lawfulness application.

If you have established that you need planning permission, you'll need to submit a planning application.

What to submit with your application

To ensure your application is valid there are certain pages you'll need to read and certain information you might need to submit as part of your planning application.

Check what you need to submit with your application

National and Local Validation Criteria - published 29th January 2020

Apply for Planning Permission

Once you know what you need to submit with your planning application, you will need to decide how you wish to apply.

To apply for planning permission you can either:

Submitting your application through the planning portal has the following benefits:

  • you do not need to provide multiple copies of the application, saving printing costs
  • no postage costs as you can also pay your fee online Please note our online payment system is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We will have this up and running again as soon as possible, so please try again later.
  • your details can be saved for future use
  • you can also keep the submission in draft until you are fully ready to submit your application
  • 24 hour service access

Please be aware that you may also require building regulation approval. For further information please contact the building consultancy team by emailing building.consultancy@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or calling (01283) 508609.

Pre application guidance

Before making a request for pre-application advice it is advisable to check whether planning permission is required.

If you wish to take advantage of our pre-application advice service, simply fill out the pre-application advice form and email it together with your supporting plans, photos etc. to dcsupport@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk and pay the appropriate fee. The fee can be paid by:

Post: Submitting a cheque to East Staffordshire Borough Council, PO Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9JG,

Telephone: Using a debit or credit card by phoning (01283) 508606. Please note the form will need to be submitted before making a telephone payment.

When completing the form you should have regard to the pre-application advice guidance notes and the charging schedule.

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Economic Partnership - Agreed Principles for Pre-Application Advice

The Local Planning Authority, in its role within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Economic Partnership (GBSLEP), has signed up to the following principles in respect of pre-application advice. The objective of these principles is to provide consistency amongst the GBSLEP authorities in terms of service standards and expectations, embracing best practice as agreed between participating Local Planning Authorities and developers. 

  1. Published service standards easily accessible on websites.
  2. An opportunity to get an initial steer on the principle of development is available without requiring detailed information at this stage.
  3. Thereafter advice is tailored to scale and complexity of proposals including involvement of officers of appropriate seniority/experience.
  4. For businesses, planning and economic development advice is co-ordinated.
  5. Timescales, inputs, outputs and (where appropriate) charges are explained at the outset.
  6. Members are engaged early in the process, particularly on proposals raising difficult policy judgements.
  7. Information/validation, policy requirements and known development constraints are all covered in the process.
  8. The requirements of statutory consultees and any internal specialists within LPAs (e.g. conservation, landscape, transport, ecology, environmental protection, affordable housing) are taken into account where relevant.
  9. Advice is always confirmed in writing.
  10. Opportunity for customer feedback is given.

Data Protection and Copyright

The Council is fully committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals, including staff, contractors, service users and others, by ensuring lawful use of their personal data in accordance with the Act.  The Council will take all necessary steps to implement this policy and to ensure that all staff are fully aware of it and abide by it. The applicants name and address will be displayed on the website, site notice and publicity notice.  Information relating to Planning applications will be held indefinitely in order to maintain the planning register.

When viewing planning applications the data is publicly available for the purposes of holding a planning register which is a legal requirement and should not be used for any other purpose. Plans, drawings and materials submitted to the Council are protected by the copyright acts (section 47, 1988). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes; to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed together with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

Please note: Information submitted on the Planning Application Form and supporting information will be published on the website.