Before you start
Our validation checklist tells you what we need to register your application. It will help you to make sure you give us all the information we need. If you don't, we will have to contact you for more which can lead to delays. The Council adopted a new local list for applications submitted from 1 October 2022.
Before you submit an application you should:
- check the validation checklist - Updated 09/11/2022
18. Construction management plan/site management plan requirement removed
from local list requirements and inserted into additional requirements for minerals and waste applications 48. Requirements renumbered to take account of this change.
21. Flood Risk Assessments –minor change to update text to be clearer when flood risk assessments are required in flood zone 1 due to risk of flooding from all sources.
35. Statutory declarations and evidence for certificates of lawfulness – text updated
to reflect when witnessed statutory declaration is required.
39. Sustainability Statements – note added for the avoidance of doubt ‘planning applications’ includes an application for reserved matters and technical details consent.
- view the current application list requirement matrix
- use the Ecology flow chart and complete a biodiversity check list to accompany your application if the site area is less than 0.1ha. Rural Biodiversity check list, Urban Biodiversity check list.
For all sites impacting over 0.1ha and those indicated by the check list, an ecological survey must be submitted to and approved by the Council’s Natural Environment Team to validate your application. See Ecology Guidance for Planning Applications for more information.
- use the fee calculator on the planning portal to work out what it will cost (in most, but not all cases there is a fee)
- for applications in northern Dorset view the information on Phosphates on the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site and
- Somerset West and Taunton Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency advice note Considering Package Treatment Plants and Septic Tanks as part of nutrients mitigation in Somerset
- on 16 March 2022, Natural England notified Dorset Council of their updated advice on nutrient neutrality for development proposals within the catchments of internationally protected habitats sites. More information is available on our Nutrient Neutrality page
- If your application relates to a use of land or building being carried out as "permitted development" view advice note explaining the requirements of Regulations 75 to 77 of the Conservation of Habitats Regulations 2017
Please be aware that documentation submitted in support of an application will be published on the Council’s website in order to facilitate the planning process. Personal data will be redacted in accordance with our data protection policies. If you are providing information that is confidential, please reference this in the file name or mark it clearly for our attention. Where confidentiality would affect the transparency of the planning process (e.g. certain viability information) then we will contact you to discuss.
Apply for planning permission
The Planning Portal gives step-by-step advice about planning and lets you to submit and view your applications
Paper copies of forms
We always suggest that you apply online but you can get all the forms from the Planning Portal if you need paper copies. You can:
Please note that only one copy is required, if you post them to us.
Application types not currently available online:
Minerals and waste planning applications
Planning application forms for minerals development are not available from the Planning Portal. Any application relating to minerals development should use the minerals application form.
The following documents are also available to download:
- supplementary information
- land ownership/agriculture holders certificate
- notice of application for planning permission (notice No.1)
- minerals application guidance notes
Please note that both the landowner certificate and the agriculture holders certificate need to be completed and signed.
In the case of waste management facilities, there may also be a need to apply for a waste management licence or an integrated pollution prevention control (IPPC) consent – or to obtain confirmation that the development is exempt from these requirements. Please contact the Environment Agency.
See our contact details, including our response times and the areas we cover.