Will I get planning permission?

To help the application registration process, we would strongly advise pre application requests are submitted by email and payments are made online.

Email:
planning@sstaffs.gov.uk
Payment can be made here.

Please note from 01 April 2022 there has been an increase of Pre Application fees.

Response times - A pre-application request is likely to be 20 working days for Householder Enquiries and in excess of the 40 working days preferred response time for all other pre-apps.

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; (Details on how to make your payment can be found by clicking here)
  • 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 with a case officer, please make this clear on your form.

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:

  • up to 10 working days for a pre-app; (Currently 20 working days)
  • up to 28 days to issue an LDC; and
  • up to 42 days for the prior notification procedure.

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; (Details on how to make your payment can be found by clicking here)
  • 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 with a case officer, please make this clear on your form.

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, 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. (Currently 8 weeks+)

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

Get in touch


Address

South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire

WV8 1PX

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Office Opening Times

If you are unable to find what you need online today please contact us on 01902 696000.

Mon-Tue,Thu-Fri 09:00am - 17:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 17:00pm
Sat-Sun Closed

Face to Face appointments are available but must be pre booked in advance of your visit by calling 01902 696000.