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Apply for planning permission

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.

Do I need planning permission?

It is important to find out if you need planning permission before you make improvements or changes to a property.

Pre-application advice

Advice for anyone who wants to know if they are likely to get planning permission before they submit a formal planning application.  Along with guidance on the types of applications.

Which type of application

Different types of application require different levels of information and supporting documents, depending on the nature and scale of development.

There are several types of application and you should be sure which type of consent you are seeking. 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. 

How much are planning fees?

Please see the Planning Portal fee calculator for more information.

How to apply

Apply online 

Submitting your application and paying fees online will make the registration and consultation process faster and more efficient.

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.

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.

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.

What do I need to include with my application?

The checklist gives you details of what and how many additional items you may be required to submit with your planning application.

How planning applications are dealt with

Householder extensions local development order

Find out about the local development order.

  • 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