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Christchurch planning application guidance

A step by step guide to making a planning application in Christchurch, including advice on permitted development.

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?

Certain work can be carried out without planning permission, find out more about permitted development in Christchurch.

Pre-application advice - is my proposal acceptable?

The council encourages you to seek pre-application advice before you submit a planning application. Depending on the scale of proposal you may be charged for this advice.

Making a planning application

There are two methods for making a planning application:

1. Submit an online application with the planning portal (opens in a new window) - We support and promote the submission of planning applications online. The planning portal also provides general information and guidance on the planning process.

2. A paper Planning Application Form or obtain paper copies of the planning forms by contacting our planning offices.

The Validation Checklist (pdf, 836kb) (opens in a new window) 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 (pdf, 574kb) (opens in a new window).

Location and block plans are a requirement for all planning applications, these are available from the planning portal (opens in a new window).

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 (pdf, 60kb) (opens in a new window).

Agreement to Extend the Time Period for Deciding a Planning Application

The  Agreement to extend the time for decision Statement (pdf, 68kb) (opens in a new window) sets out 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 (pdf, 115kb) (opens in a new window).

The Planning Portal

Planning portal homepage : This link opens in a new window The Planning Portal provides general information and guidance on the planning process in England and Wales (opens in a new window).

Guidance on commenting on a planning application

Find out more in our guidance for making a comment (pdf, 155kb) (opens in a new window).

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