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Important Planning Update

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

This validation checklist of Planning Application Requirements (national and local) has been produced in accordance with section 62(3) of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act, Section 11(2)(e) of The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, National Planning Practice Guidance and paragraph 44 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The intention is to assist in the achievement of good standards in service delivery whilst providing both the local authority and applicants with certainty as to the extent and nature of information that will be required to accompany applications in order to render them valid.

The checklist is effective in relation to applications received on or after 1 February 2020.

If an application is submitted without the detailed requisite information the Local Planning Authority is entitled to declare the application 'invalid' and will not register or process it until the information is received in the event of an 'invalid' application being submitted.

The Local Planning Authority provides a pre-application advice service. This service should be used to identify all requisite supporting information at the earliest possible stage. This will ensure greater certainty and clarification of matters for applicants, and help us to deliver determinations within timescales set by government whilst ensuring due and proper consideration of all relevant issues.

Part 1 sets out the minimum National and Local requirements for all applications.

Part 2 sets out the list of additional supporting information that will also be required in certain specified circumstances, (dependent on development and the site location specifics).

Whilst guidance notes are provided it is recommended that future applicants will seek pre application advice prior to submission. If applicants properly address the requirements of the checklist the application will be considered to be valid and be registered. If these requirements are not addressed, there are discrepancies in plans, insufficient copies are provided or the fee unpaid the application will be considered invalid and not registered.

In circumstances where an application is not valid, we will normally endeavour to notify the applicant in writing within 5 working days, setting out the reasons for invalidity. If the additional information is not provided within 28 days the application and fee will be returned in full.

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.

Contact Us

Telephone: 01384 814136
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Note that the offices are closed at weekends and on bank holidays.