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 and pay for your application is online via the Planning Portal. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, buy site location plans and upload supporting documents. 

The benefits of applying online include:

  • You can work on your applications in draft before submission
  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • Savings on postage and printing costs
  • Online help function when completing applications
  • Online record of your completed applications

Please note: a Planning Portal application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee is received.

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.

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

If you encounter a problem filling out an application via the Planning Portal or have a query with how to use the Planning Portal website please contact the Planning Portal Help Centre or call them on 0333 323 4589.

Applying in hard copy

Applying online via the Planning Portal is the Council's preferred way to submit your planning application to us. However, if you need to apply in hard copy please 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 from the Planning Portal website. To find out the correct Planning Fee please refer to the Planning Portal Fee List. Note, there is no VAT applicable to planning application fees. All cheques for planning applications must be made payable to Chiltern District Council, even if your application relates to a site in South Bucks District Council.

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

Getting it right first time

Please note that all plans submitted should have a scale bar (or measurable dimensions), and be drawn to a standard metric scale. They should also include 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.