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Submit a planning application - East Dorset

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Community Infrastructure Levy was implemented in Christchurch and East Dorset on 3 January 2017. The period of time between adoption and implementation was necessary to ensure the councils were in a practical position to be ready to begin operating CIL.

Permitted development, do I need planning permission?

Before you make a planning application you may wish to:

  1. Find out whether your site is subject to any planning constraints
  2. Find out whether consent is required for your development by viewing our Permitted Development pages

Making a planning application

There are currently two ways to apply for planning permission:

Apply for planning permission online with the Planning Portal - the Planning Portal also provides general guidance and information

Download paper copies of the planning application forms - paper copies are available from the council offices upon request

The existing East Dorset validation checklist

The Validation Checklist, valid until 18 March 2019, provides guidance on the relevant plans, documents and reports required to make your application valid and ensure delays are minimised. You can also view the adoption statement.

If all the application requirements are not submitted with your application, your application will be considered invalid and will be returned to you.

The new validation checklist - from 18 March 2019

The new validation checklist will be effective from 18 March 2019 for East Dorset District Council and for the new Dorset Council from April 1 2019. 

Location and block plans are a requirement for all planning application, these are available from the Planning Portal

Multiple applications

Some of the forms allow the submission of multiple applications on the same form which come under different consent regimes. These applications remain legally distinct and their validity and determination will be treated as such by the local planning authority. A fee (where relevant) will apply to each application sought.

1 Apps

The standard application form (1APP) became mandatory on the 6 April 2008. It ensures that the same information is required for comparable applications across the country, preventing the inconsistencies, which occurred when each planning authority was responsible for their own application forms. Find out more about the standard application forms (1APP) on the Planning Portal.

Neighbourhood Plans Funding

A Government fund has been allocated to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders. Applications by eligible groups can be made for grant funding up to £9,000 and technical support. An additional £8,000 can be applied for in certain circumstances which include when allocating sites for housing or the inclusion of site specific design codes. The fund opens for bids on 3 April 2018. 

Find out more details of the Neighbourhood Plans funding scheme.

Planning Performance Agreement

A Planning Performance Agreement is a mechanism which can be entered into in advance of a planning application being submitted. Find out more about Planning Performance Agreement Statements.

Extensions to the Time Period for Deciding a Planning Application

Find out about the Partnerships approach to seeking agreements to extend the time period for determining an application.

Amending a Planning Application

Find out more about amending your planning application.

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