Submitting a Planning Application

Submitting Planning Applications

Some works do not require planning permission. This is known as Permitted Development . 


Applying electronically

The most efficient way to make your application is online via the Planning Portal - applications where there are a number of tools and guides to help you prepare and submit your application. You do not need to send us any paper copies if you apply this way and, as it populates our systems automatically, validating your application will be quicker. Alternatively, please email your application in full to

Either way, please keep your documents under 10MB & name them clearly and simply such that the general public can easily understand the content.

Applying in hard copy

Ideally, please apply electronically as explained above. If you need to apply in hard copy you will need to supply us with one  copy of all forms and documents, although more copies may be required for large and/or controversial applications.

You can download and print paper copies of all forms. 
You can view  most popular forms

These forms should not be used to send applications to other planning authorities as their local validation requirements may differ.

Paying for your application

Please note that, as the volume of applications is so high we have to focus our attention on applications where the fee has been received. If your application is due a fee and you have not paid it, its validation will be delayed.

To find out the correct Planning Fee please refer to the Planning Portal Fee List

pay online making sure you choose the Planning Application Online Payment Form

Note, there is no VAT applicable to planning application fees.

Alternatively you may send a cheque, made payable to Chiltern District Council, even if your application relates to a site in South Bucks District Council.

Getting it right first time

Please note that all plans submitted must have a scale bar (or measurable dimensions),  a plan/drawing number and you must also send us the necessary fee. Any applications missing any of these things will not be made valid.

For further guidance, you may wish to refer to the Icon for pdf Local Checklist [73.08KB].

Useful Information

Vehicular Access [Dropped Kerb] and hard surfacing

Design and Access Statements

Charges for Section 106 Agreements

View  Planning obligations for education provision. Contributions will be sought on development proposals of 4 or more dwellings where Bucks County Council advises that there is pressure to provide education services.

View Information on the South Bucks District Council policy on affordable housing provision, including those sites that should contribute, together with links to the Council's Model S106 Agreements.

Information on the implementation of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as of April 2015 can be accessed via the following page SUDS: Information

Other civil matters

Icon for pdf Sample Article 6 notice [61.68KB]

What happens next?

Once valid, your application can be viewed and tracked online Public Access

There are many steps that a planning application must undergo. Please refer to our The Planning Process - A Step by Step Guide

A 20% increase in Planning fees has come into force on 17 January 2018. If you have submitted an application prior to that date which does not comply with all statutory requirements and those on our local validation requirements we will be unable to validate your application and thus the new fee will apply.