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Making a Planning Application

You have two choices when applying for planning permission: online or by post. But do you need Planning Permission at all?

Apply online - save time and money

We recommend submitting your application online using The Planning Portal. The Planning Portal is the national website that allows you to submit an application online including: supporting documents, buy site location plans and pay the application fee using a credit or debit card. Applications can, currently, also be submitted by email to

Please note - there is currently an additional charge for submitting an application through the Planning Portal.

Why apply online?

  • no need to print multiple copies of drawings and forms
  • save on postage costs and time - lost mail, strikes, bank holidays etc all lead to delays
  • no postal delays - can lead to a faster decision
  • your fees are calculated for you - we double check them

Before starting an online application, you will need...

  • to register at the Planning Portal, this is free of charge.
  • have the full details of the application including the volumes, materials etc
  • a credit or debit card if you wish to pay the application fee online
  • if you want to attach drawings (e.g. CAD) to your application, make sure they are converted to PDF first, this helps us with printing and publishing online

Please note: The Planning Portal is an external site and so Dudley Council cannot accept any responsibility or ownership for its content. There is currently an additional charge for submitting an application through the Planning Portal.

Postal Application

There are four steps to apply by post:

  • Download your form. You can access and download the Dudley Council application forms from the Planning Portal e-forms cabinet. We require only the original form for most applications; we will ask you for more if required.
  • A site location plan at 1:1250 scale with the site shown edged in red. If you want to buy a plan you can make use of the links provided by the Planning Portal.
  • The fee: cheque is the most popular way to pay the fee (made out to Dudley Council) but we also accept telephone payments.
  • Post your application and plans to us for checking and consideration, please retain a copy for your records.

Incomplete applications can't start to be considered, costing both parties time.

Common causes of delay

  • ownership certificates not correctly completed - visit our Certificates page for an explanation
  • not completing the agricultural holdings certificate section of the application form
  • drawings are inaccurate or inconsistent; visit the "Drawing Requirements" page for a full explanation of what we look for when checking applications.
  • not enough supporting documents.

The process of applying for planning permission is generally straightforward and is explained below. In general terms your application must be accompanied by plans and drawings of the site, details of any proposed works and the fee. You must also complete a certificate to confirm that you own the land or have notified all owners of the land. The Planning Service staff will be pleased to assist you should you have any further enquiries.

We have drawn up a Validation Checklist to help determine if the correct information has been submitted with your planning application.

Buy a Plan

Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. You can use the Planning Portal's Buy a Plan service to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant.

Design & Access Statements

Please be aware that all applications must be accompanied by a Design and Access Statement unless they propose householder development not in a Conservation Area, change of use, engineering or mining operations, advertisement consent, TPO works or hazardous substances consent. For the avoidance of doubt please note that applications in respect of dwelling houses within a designated Conservation Area must always be supported by a Design and Access Statement.

See more information about Design & Access Statements in Adobe Acrobat by clicking on the relevant document at the bottom of the page.

Type of application

There are several types of application and you should be sure which type of consent you are seeking. If the information required does not fit the circumstances of your case, or if you wish to make a different type of application you should seek further advice from the Planning helpdesk. In most cases a fee is payable when a planning application is submitted. This is calculated from a scale of fees which is set on a national basis by the Government. The current scale of charges is available via the fees and charges link at the op of this webpage, or they can be obtained from the Planning helpdesk.

You can access and download the Dudley Council branded 1APP application forms from the Planning Portal e-forms cabinet.

Location Plans

If you have any difficulties in obtaining location plans, the Council has an arrangement with the Ordnance Survey to enable it to supply copies of the 1:1250 scale maps for submission with planning applications. A charge of £30.55 (one copy) or £32.24 (four copies) is available for providing this service. Alternatively you can contact Ordnance Survey directly to obtain the necessary copies.

The Planning Portal

Dudley Council, in partnership with The Planning Portal aim to deliver the best service possible to users of the Planning Service. To assist in this, in addition to the advice available by contacting the council directly, the Planning Portal offers guidance and information for anyone wishing to find out more about the planning system in England and Wales. You can also take advantage of useful self-help tools to assist in assessing whether Planning Permission is required for your proposed development.

Below are some useful links to key areas of the Planning Portal. Please contact us direct if you require further assistance.

Guide to the Planning process - A brief introduction to the planning system and some explanation of what planning is for and why it is important to us all. This section of the Planning Portal is intended for both householders and business people. It explains why planning controls are necessary and how decisions are made.

Policy and research This section of the Portal is aimed at planning professionals and those with an in-depth interest in planning policy and reform. It includes reference to the legal or central government policy background to the present system of Town and Country Planning in England and Wales.

Further Information

Whether or not you need to apply for planning permission for your work, there may be other kinds of approval you may also need. For instance you may wish to contact Building Control, to see if Building Regulation approval is required.

For details of the checklist for these applications for planning permission please see the Validation checklist for Planning Applications webpage.

For further information on any aspect of the planning application process you can contact us using the details below.

  • Planning Help Desk
    Development Management, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL

    Contact us about planning

    Telephone: 01384 814136


  • Planning Offices and Reception
    Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm

    Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays

    Duty-planning officer
    9am-5pm Monday to Friday

    Site Inspections
    between 10.00am and 2.00pm each day