Will I get planning permission?

** We are currently experiencing a high volume of work. As a consequence, planning applications are taking priority and your pre-application request will take significantly longer than the set 8 week period. This does not affect householder enquiries.

Extensions/alterations and outbuildings to your house

We cannot tell you whether you need or will get planning permission over the phone. Your building work is important, to us and to you, and mistakes can be costly. It is in no-one's interest for you to do it “on the nod", based on incomplete information and a planning officer's first impressions.

Instead, we have combined three procedures to give you advice you can rely on, as quickly and as simply as possible.

What to send us

Just send us:

  • the fee;
  • a completed householder enquiry form;
  • a site plan, clearly showing your proposal and its surroundings; and
  • as many further details (such as photographs or sketch plans) as you can.

If you would like to discuss your proposal in person, please make this clear on your form. Your case officer will be in touch to make an appointment.

What we do with it

We use the information to check your property's history and the relevant laws and policies. Then, if your proposal:

  • needs full planning permission, we tell you whether we are likely to grant it. We also suggest how to solve any issues we spot. We call this a “pre-application response", or “pre-app".
  • is permitted development, we issue a lawful development certificate (LDC).
  • qualifies for the prior notification procedure, we start it and refund your fee.

How long it takes

It takes:

All other proposals

As the scale and complexity of your proposal grow, so too does the need for solid advice before you apply for planning permission. There is more to get right, so it is even more important to get it right first time.

To that end, we recommend that you submit a pre-application enquiry, or 'pre-app'.

What to send us

Please send us:

  • the fee;
  • the form for other enquiries;
  • a site plan, clearly showing your proposal and its surroundings;
  • supporting documents describing your proposal; and
  • as many further details (such as photographs or sketch plans) as you can.

The more information you give us, the more comprehensive our advice will be. If you would like to discuss your proposal in person, please make this clear on your form. Your case officer will be in touch to make an appointment.

What we do with it

Quite simply, we tell you how likely we are to grant planning permission for your proposal. We also identify any issues and suggest ways of fixing them.

For the largest proposals, we arrange a Development Team Meeting (DTM). At the DTM, you present your proposal to a panel of planning officers, highways engineers, ecologists and other specialists with an interest in the proposal. Their feedback helps prevent time and resources wasted on changes later in the process.

How long it takes

We aim to give you a full response within *eight weeks. Larger proposals generally take longer than smaller ones.

*We are currently experiencing a high volume of work. As a consequence, planning applications are taking priority and your pre-application request will take significantly longer than the set 8 week period. This does not affect householder enquiries.

Highways advice

We are no longer able to include highways advice in our responses to pre-application enquiries. You can get highways advice separately from Staffordshire Highways.

Data protection

We maintain a register of planning applications and applications for tree work, which includes personal details of people who have:

  • submitted a planning application;
  • commented on a planning application;
  • submitted pre-application enquiries and hedgerow removal notices; or
  • submitted a complaint about a high hedge, together with details of the person living at the property where the hedge is growing and the person who owns the property.

To maintain this register, we collect and use personal information about you. For more information about how we process this data, please see our Data Protection page.

Contact

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South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire

WV8 1PX

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