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Applying to East Dorset District Council

How to make a planning application in East Dorset District Council, 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?

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 (opens in a new window)- 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 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).

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

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

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 (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).

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 (pdf, 68kb) (opens in a new window).

Amending a Planning Application

Find out more about amending your planning application (pdf, 115kb) (opens in a new window).

Contact us

Contact the East Dorset District Council Planning Department.

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