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Dorset County Council planning application forms

Guidance and forms to make a planning application to Dorset County Council.

We use the online 1APP planning application forms for applications relating to waste developments, county council developments, variation of conditions (section 73 applications) and for certificates for lawful developments. 

The Local List - Validation of planning applications and pre-application advice

The local list relates to Waste planning applications and County Development applications, such as works to Local Authority premises, schools, highway-related work and development on county farms.

The document sets out both the statutory and local information requirements to enable the authority to validate an application. It also provides guidance on the information requirements and encourages engagement in pre application discussions. 

Pre-application advice and fees

This document sets out the process for initiating pre-application discussions. Please see our  pre-application guidance. This explains the general approach to pre-application charging, the levels of service on offer and the costs of the service. It also contains the pre-application advice request form which will need to be completed when requesting the service. There is also a separate  Pre-application request form for you to download, print and post (contact details are on the both the guidance note and request form).

National Planning Portal

All the above types of application can be submitted using the online 1APP application forms via the National Planning Portal website. The Planning Portal website explains how to complete and submit an application and also allows you to print off a copy for your own records.

Mineral Safeguarding Area

As well as other constraints to planning (such as AONB, heritage and environmental designations), the Minerals Strategy 2014 updated the Mineral Safeguarding Area within which proposals for major development must be considered by the Mineral Planning Authority. The  national planning policy frameworknotes that it is important to secure the long term conservation of minerals. Accordingly, the Mineral Planning Authority has a statutory duty to prevent the sterilisation of minerals to ensure that continued economic growth is supported.

Mineral planning applications

Mineral planning application forms are not included in the 1APP forms. Any applications relating to mineral developments should be submitted using the minerals application form.

The following documents are also available to download:

Please note that both the landowner certificate and the agriculture holders certificate need to be completed and signed.

Waste application form and guidance and applications for county council development

In the case of waste management facilities, there may also be a need to apply for a Waste Management Licence or for an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) consent - or to obtain confirmation that the development is exempt from these requirements. If you have not already done so, you will need to contact the Environment Agency (South Wessex).

Application for planning permission


All planning applications should be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

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