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How do I submit a planning application?

How do I submit a planning application? Online applications can be made via the National Planning Portal.

If you are making a Householder application you can instead apply using our online form

Householder application online form

For hard copy applications our 1APP planning application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from this website and sent in the post or e-mailed to

Please note: Increase to Planning application fees  from 17 January 2018.

The National Planning Portal.
Planning application forms and guidance notes..

For initial assistance and guidance, the Planning Portal help centre has links to help resolve queries in the following areas:

  • making an application
  • building regulation

Assistance and guidance for planning appeals is available from the Planning Inspectorate

Please read our guidance notes prior to submitting an application and ensure the relevant fee has been paid. For more information and examples of the type of drawings required, please see Plans & other documents needed to accompany your planning application.

If the application being submitted is a joint application, e.g. Householder and Listed Building, a double set of plans and drawings will be required if the application is submitted in hard copy format.

You must always check with Building control whether Building Regulations Consent is needed before carrying out any works.

Since August 2008 the Council has taken all reasonable steps to remove personal, but not business, phone numbers, email addresses and signatures from items on our website. If you wish personal information to be removed from documents preceding that date please contact the Assistant Data Protection Officer.

Planning applications over 10 years old will only have the decision notice, related documents and plans published on the website.

How are planning applications processed?

Nutrient Neutrality

On Wednesday 4 September 2019, New Forest District Council's Cabinet approved the Position Statement on Nutrient Neutral Development . The position statement highlights those developments which are expected to provide avoidance and mitigation on-site, thus resulting in a nutrient neutral development. It also sets out that, for any other applicable developments, the exact scale of avoidance and mitigation package (which would take the form of a financial contribution) is not yet known.

As part of the information needed to determine relevant planning applications, a European Site avoidance and mitigation checklist will be required. This should be submitted to the council as part of the suite of planning application documents.

Further information can be found on the Nutrient Neutrality webpage.

The Planning Services Privacy Notice can be read here.

New Forest District Council Privacy Notice can be read here.

Please note, we do not have a Duty Planning Officer and any pre-application enquiries should be made in accordance with our paid for pre- application service.

Updated: 18 Mar 2020
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