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Use this area of our website to learn about the following areas;

  1. Do I need Planning Permission?

  2. Find out about a planning decision by Searching for the Planning Application and viewing it online.

  3. Making an application - the costs, timescales and documentary requirements of making an application.

  4. Pre & post application advice - We offer a range of services for planning professionals and householders.

  5. Help with the Planning Process - Advice and guidance about the planning process itself, who does what and what to expect.

Can I get further information on planning permission?

Further information on planning applications, including advice on whether you require planning permission and submitting your application, including online submission, is available using the options to the left or why not contact us to discuss your requirements.

If you wish to submit a planning application, inspect the register of new planning applications, apply to carry out works to protected trees, or report a suspected breach of planning control the reception is open daily from 8.45 am to 5.00 pm. Outside these hours why not use our online planning search

A duty planning officer is available from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday to discuss and offer informal planning guidance.

Whilst the duty officer system is designed to give general advice on planning issues, it is considered that the more information an enquirer is able to provide to the duty officer, the better and more accurate the advice will be.

The list below is intended to be a guide for enquirers as to the information which will be essential and/or desirable when consulting the duty officer. This list is not exhaustive and clearly the more information you can provide the better.

Documentation/Information for use during discussion


  1. Address/location including postcode
    This will allow the Planning Support team to produce a site plan for the discussion

  2. Proposal drawing (including dimensions)


  1. Sketch

  2. Photos

  3. History (including previous discussions)

  4. For queries about the use of land:
    Any information relating to available parking, the nature of the area, the intended business etc.

National information on Planning can be found at the Planning Portal - hosted by the Planning Inspectorate. The Department of Communities and Local Government provides a guide to the Planning System in England. Planning Aid provide free, independent and professional advice on planning issues to people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and S106 Agreements

From April 2015 the use of S106 Agreements by Dudley Council will be limited to securing Affordable Housing and any specific on-site requirements which will be determined on a site by site basis.

The Government has introduced a new charge called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to replace Planning Obligations / S106 Agreements in part. Dudley Council is currently preparing a CIL for the Borough and it is likely to be adopted during Spring/Summer 2015.

From the date CIL is adopted by Dudley Council it will apply to certain residential and retail planning permissions which first permit development (i.e. where the date of the decision notice is on or after the date of adoption of the Dudley CIL)

If your proposed development is likely to be CIL Liable you are required to submit a completed Community Infrastructure Levy Additional Information Form which is available on the Planning Portal. This is so that we can calculate the amount of CIL accurately.

For more information please refer to the below website. If you require further information please email through the general contact form at the bottom of the page or call 01384 814136

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

    Telephone: 01384 814136

    Opening Hours

    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