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Planning Applications


A comprehensive list of all Planning Application, their associated fees and links to their application forms.

Advertisement Consent Application

The fee is £110 where the proposed advertisement is a sign to be displayed on business premises, on the forecourt of business premises or on land within the curtilage of business premises and relates to the nature of the business or other activity carried out on the premises, the name and qualifications of a person carrying on such a business or activity or is directing members of the public to business premises which are in the same locality as the site but not visible from the site.

All other advertisements are £385.

You may find the Planning Practice Guidance on Advertisements useful.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

Certificate of Lawfulness

A certificate of lawfulness can be used to apply for formal approval of proposed householder development (such as extensions, garages, outbuildings, etc) that do not require planning permission or for approval of an existing use of land, or some operational development, or some activity in breach of a planning condition, to determine if it is lawful.

An application for a Lawful Development Certificate form should be used to establish whether:

  • An existing use of land, or a building, or an activity in breach of a planning condition, is lawful.
  • A proposed use of buildings or other land, or building operation proposed to be carried out in, on, over, or under land, would require express planning permission.

Examples when an application for a Lawful Development Certificate should be made include:

  • Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) - A certificate to prove a development is immune from action because the time limit for taking enforcement action has passed.   (See below.)
  • Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD) - When a developer requires formal assurance that development is permitted development, i.e. does not require planning consent.
  • Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building - should be used to establish whether proposed works to a listed building would be lawful i.e. they would not affect the character of the listed building as a building of special architectural or historic interest and therefore, would not require listed building consent. NB: Applications for Certificates of Lawfulness of Proposed Works cannot be submitted in respect of works which have already been carried out.

An application for a Lawful Development Certificate is also sometimes used in cases involving intensification of use or where the precise nature of the existing use is difficult to describe, such as:

  • Secondary uses
  • Mixed uses
  • Intensification
  • Sub-division of the planning unit

Certificate of Lawfulness Applications Fees

Proposed Works to a Listed Building

No fee

Proposed Use

The fee is half the equivalent of a planning application. 

For example, for proposed alterations or extensions to a dwelling, the fee is £172, so half of the fee will be £86.

Existing Use - lawful not to comply with a particular condition

£195

Existing Use - in breach of a planning condition

The fee is the equivalent of a planning application.

For example, where the erection of a dwelling has taken place without planning permission, the fee is £385, and for alterations or extensions to a dwelling without planning permission, the fee is £172.

 

Time limits

The Planning and Compensation Act 1991 introduced rolling time limits within which local planning authorities can take planning enforcement action against breaches of planning control.

The time limits are:

  • Four years for building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, without planning permission. This development becomes immune from enforcement action four years after the operations are substantially completed without any enforcement action being taken..
  • Four years for the change of use of a building, or part of a building, to use as a single dwelling house. Enforcement action can no longer be taken once the unauthorised use has continued for four years without any enforcement action being taken.
  • 10 years for all other development without any enforcement action being taken (including unauthorised uses and the contravention of planning conditions). The 10 year period runs from the date the breach of planning control was committed.

Once these time limits have passed, the development becomes lawful, in terms of planning. This will need proof in such forms as for instance a sworn affidavit or utility bills etc.

If you are in doubt as to whether or not your development is applicable to be assessed under a Lawful Development Certificate, or consent is required for a particular building operation or use of land or is immune from enforcement notice proceeding please ring Sedgemoor Direct on 0300 303 7805 and ask for the Planning Duty Officer (available 9:00am to 1:00pm).

Application Forms

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest where it is desirable to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of such areas. The purpose of a conservation area is not to prevent all development but rather to enable its careful management.

To find out more information on conservation areas or listed buildings please see the Building Conservation page.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

 

Full Application

Full applications are for many types of application including the erection of new dwellings, agricultural buildings or development involving commercial and industrial properties. Full application forms should also be used for the change of use of land and the conversion of agricultural barns.

The Application for Planning Permission form should be used for making a detailed planning application for development under Section 62 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), excluding householder developments. (For householder developments, please see  Householder Application.)

For the purposes of this form, development includes building, engineering or other works, in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land.

Examples of building works which may require planning permission include structural alterations of or additions to buildings including:

  • any works relating to a flat
  • applications to change the number of dwellings (i.e. flat conversions, building a separate house in the garden)
  • changes to use of part or all of the property to non-residential uses
  • anything outside the garden of the property (i.e. stables in a separate paddock)
  • demolition of buildings
  • rebuilding
  • other work normally undertaken by a builder

Planning permission will also be necessary, in most cases, if there is a proposed change of use of buildings or other land.

Building works which are not classed as 'development' and therefore do not require planning permission can include maintenance, improvements or other alterations inside the building, or which do not 'materially affect' the way the outside of the building looks.

Examples of building works which may not require planning permission include:

  • internal building works
  • small alterations to the outside such as installing alarm boxes
  • certain uses for agriculture or forestry

Building Regulation approval may still however be required and you are advised to contact the local authority building control section before commencing any work.

Full application fees

Full Applications (and First Submissions of Reserved Matters)
New Dwellings (up to and including 50)New dwellings (not more than 50)£385 per dwelling
New Dwellings (for more than 50) £19,049 + £115 per additional dwelling in excess of 50 up to a maximum fee of £250,000.New dwellings (more than 50)£19,049 + £115 per dwelling

 

Erection of buildings (not dwellings, agricultural, glasshouses, plant nor machinery)
Gross floor space to be created by the developmentNo increase in gross floor space created or no more than 40m2£195
More than 40m2 gross floor space created but no more than 75m2£385
More than 75m2 gross floor space created but no more than 3,750m2£385 for each 75m2 or part thereof
More than 3,750m2 gross floor space created £19,049 + £115 for each additional 75m2 in excess of 3,750m2 to a maximum of £250,000

 

Erection of buildings (on land used for agricultural purposes)
Gross floor space to be created by the developmentNot more than 465m2£80
More than 465m2 gross floor space created but no more than 540m2£385
More than 540m2 gross floor space created but no more than 4,215m2£385 for 540m2 + £385 for each 75m2 (or part thereof) in excess of 540m2
More than 4,215m2 gross floor space created £19,049 + £115 for each additional 75m2 in excess of 4,215,750m2 to a maximum of £250,000

 

Erection of buildings (on land used for the purpose of agriculture)
Gross floor space to be created by the developmentNot more than 465m2£80
More than 465m2 gross floor space£2,150

 

Erection/alterations/replacement of plant and machinery
Site areaNot more than 5 hectares£385 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 5 hectares£19,049 + £115 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 5 hectares to a maximum of £250,000

 

Application other than Building Works
Car  parks, service roads or other accessesFor existing uses£195

 

Operations connected with exploratory drilling for oil or natural gas
Site areaNot more than 7.5 hectares£423 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 7.5 hectares£31,725 + £126 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 7.5 hectares up to a maximum of £250,000

 

Operations (other than exploratory drilling) for the winning and working of oil or natural gas
Site areaNot more than 15 hectares£214 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 15 hectares£32,100 + additional £126 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares up to a maximum of £65,000

 

Other operations (winning and working of minerals) excluding oil and natural gas
Site areaNot more than 15 hectares£195 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 15 hectares£29,112 + additional £115 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares up to a maximum of £65,000

 

Other operations (not coming within any of the above categories)
Any site area£195 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) up to a maximum of £1,690

 

Change of Use of a building to use as one or more separate dwellinghouses, or other cases
Number of dwellingsNot more than 50 dwellings£385 for each additional dwelling
More than 50 dwellings£19,049 + £115 for each in excess of 50 up to a maximum of £250,000

 

Other Changes of Use of a building or land
 £385

 

A list of all planning charges is available here: Icon for pdf Planning charges: copying, research and invoicing, and planning application fees [150.03KB]

 

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

 

Householder Application

Householder Applications are for small scale developments, including the extension of a residential property, erection of an outbuilding within a domestic garden or the formation of an access in association with a domestic residential use. (Not applicable to the subdivision of a house or the erection of new dwellings.)

The Householder Application for Works or Extension to a Dwelling form should be used for proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the curtilage (boundary/garden) of a house.

If you have established that you need planning permission you should use the Householder Application form for projects such as:

  • extensions
  • conservatories
  • loft conversions
  • dormer windows
  • alterations
  • garages, car ports or outbuildings
  • swimming pools
  • walls
  • fences
  • vehicular access including footway crossovers
  • porches
  • satellite dishes

The fee for a Householder Application is £172.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Checklist

Below is a brief checklist of the documents you should submit with your Householder application, for more information please see the Local Validation Checklist.

Application Form and Fee

  • Householder Application Form (completed form, signed and dated)
  • Fee (if applicable)

CIL Additional Information Forms

Required where the proposed development will involve the creation of 100m² or more floor space (including converted floor space).

Location Plan (existing)

  • Drawn to a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 and include a scale bar
  • Show the direction of North
  • Identifies the boundary of the property, including access to the highway, edged in red
  • Identifies any other land in the same ownership/control that is close to or adjacent to the application site edged in blue
  • Identify sufficient roads and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear

Block / Site Plan (existing and proposed)

  • Drawn to a scale of 1:500 or 1:200 and include a scale bar
  • Show the direction of North
  • Show the proposed development e.g. extension, garage, access alterations, etc.

Elevation Drawings (existing and proposed)

  • Drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and include a scale bar
  • Show the proposed works in relation to what is already there, where possible, the proposed building materials and the style, materials and finish of windows and doors.
  • Where a proposed elevation adjoins another building or is in close proximity, the drawings should clearly show the relationship between the buildings, and detail the positions of the openings on each property.

Floor Plans (existing and proposed)

  • Drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and include a scale bar
  • Where existing buildings or walls are to be demolished these should be clearly shown.
  • Show details of the existing building(s) as well as those for the proposed development.
  • New buildings should also be shown in context with adjacent buildings (including property numbers where applicable).

Section Plans / Levels (existing and proposed)

Required for detached buildings, showing finished floor levels above a fixed datum point e.g. a manhole cover and extensions within flood zones 2 and 3.

  • Drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and include a scale bar

Ecology Report

Required if works are proposed which may affect protected species or habitats.

Bat survey required if works are proposed in loft spaces or outbuildings, within Bat Consultation Zones, rural areas or in close proximity to a woodland or watercourse.

Flood Risk Assessment (FRA)

Required for development in Flood Zone 2 and 3 or works within 8m of a main river.

Applicants should refer to the National Flood Risk Standing Advice and Local Flood Risk Standing Advice.

Heritage Statement

Required for works within a Conservation Area, works adjacent or to a Listed Building, Scheduled Ancient Monument or having archaeological implications.

Archaeological Assessment

Required for developments in areas of high archaeological potential.

Design and Access Statement

Required for Listed Buildings or if in a Conservation Area, and should include a Heritage Asset Statement.

Tree Survey / Report

Required for works involving a tree that is subject to a Tree Preservation Order, to a tree within a Conservation Area or where works potentially affect the health or survival of a tree on the site or adjoining land. A tree survey should be to the standard within BS 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.

 


If your house is a Listed Building you may need to apply for Listed Building Consent. You can find this out by using our Interactive Mapping system.

  • Go to Interactive Mapping Online, (link below) and launch the service.
  • Enter your address or postcode in the "Search for an Address" box and click on the Search button.
  • Select your address in the list.
  • Your property will be shown on the map.
  • In the Map Legend, click the box next to Conservation (click on the triangle next to the word Conservation to see the key). This will display Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation orders on the map (please note that you may need to zoom out)
  • To find out other information near your property, select another option on the Map Legend, then click on the map.

Click here to launch Interactive Mapping 

Further information and application forms can be found on our  Listed Building Consent Application page.

If you are looking to demolish a building in a conservation area please view our Conservation Areas page.


Please note that you should complete a Full Application and not the Householder Application form if your application relates to any of the following:

  • any works relating to a flat
  • applications to change the number of dwellings (conversions into flats or building a separate house in the garden)
  • changes of use to part or all of the property to non-residential (including business uses)
  • anything outside the garden of the property (including stables if in a separate paddock)

For further information on the Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Larger Home Extension please click on this link.


If you are not clear whether you need to apply for planning permission or which application form you should be using, please contact Sedgemoor District Council.

Listed Building Consent Application

Listed building consent application forms are used if your property is listed for having special architectural or historic interest and you wish to make alterations, external or internal, to the building. (Listed building consent application forms can accompany a householder or full application if planning permission is also required.)

Listed building control is a type of planning control, which protects buildings of special architectural or historical interest. These controls are in addition to any planning regulations which would normally apply. Listed building status can also result in the requirement for planning permission where it wouldn't ordinarily be required - for example, the erection of means of enclosure.

It is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand. There are no planning fees for these applications.

To find out more on listed buildings or conservation areas, please see the  Building Conservation page.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

Outline Application

Outline applications are used when the principle of a development needs to be established. Further matters (including appearance, means of access, landscaping, layout and scale) can be reserved for approval at a later date (so-called Reserved Matters). It is for the applicant to decide which matters are to be reserved and which matters are not; this must be specified on the Outline application form.

For new buildings, including commercial properties and new dwellings, you can make an outline application to ascertain whether the development is acceptable in principle. You will not need as many detailed drawings as a Full application but a Design and Access Statement (D&AS) is likely to be required and this will need to explain the proposal's design rationale and access arrangements, as well as a site location map. For major or more complex applications, much more detail and further documentation will be required.

You can apply for an Outline Application with some matters reserved or an Outline Application with all matters reserved.

If Outline permission is granted, approval will then be required for the detailed matters that were reserved (before work can start); a subsequent application for Approval of Reserved Matters must be submitted and approved. What you propose in your Reserved Matters application must be consistent with your Outline permission. If not, you may be asked to start again with a fresh application.

A list of application forms, completion help notes and guidance for this application type can be found below, their use in conjunction with the National and Local Requirements is mandatory, as of April 2008.

The fees for all Outline Applications is based on the site area:

  • For sites up to and including 2.5 hectares in size: £385 per 0.1 hectare, or part thereof.
  • For sites over 2.5 hectares the fee is £9,527 + £115 for each 0.1 in excess of 2.5 hectares to a maximum of £125,000

Application Forms

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

 

Reserved Matters

Reserved matters applications should be used after an outline planning application has been approved. A reserved matters application deals with some or all of the outstanding details of the outline application proposal, including appearance, means of access, landscaping, layout and scale.

Once outline permission has been granted, a Reserved Matters application is needed to gain approval of the details that were reserved at the initial outline stage. These details can include layout, scale, design and appearance, access and landscaping. Any details that have not already been fully addressed in your Outline Application will need to be included in the Reserved Matters application. What you propose must also be consistent with your outline permission too.

You should clearly make reference to drawings that formed part of the original decision and identify all plans submitted as part of this application. If applicable, an explanation or additional supplementary information highlighting changes and variations should also be provided in support of your submission.

Reserved matters application fees

The fee for a reserved matters application is the same as for a full application. Please refer to our Full Application page.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Tree and Hedgerow Applications

Tree applications are used to undertake works to trees which are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or those that are located in a conservation area. You will need to contact us even if you wish to prune branches overhanging from a neighbour's protected tree. Hedgerow applications may be needed if you wish to remove all or part of a hedgerow.

You are advised to view the guidance on Tree Preservation Orders prior to undertaking any works to trees or submitting an application for works.

There are no planning fees for these applications.

Further information about each type of application and the related forms can be access via the links below:

Other Applications

Sedgemoor District Council deal with the most common types of planning applications for the district. Other applications are dealt with by Somerset County Council.

These planning applications relate to minerals, waste or Somerset County Council developments such as schools, libraries, social care developments and new roads.

Somerset County Council are also responsible for monitoring conditions imposed by their planning consents and they investigate complaints about alleged breaches of conditions or unauthorised activities relating to the types of development listed above.

For information relating to the Somerset County Council's planning activities please call them on 0300 123 2224 and ask for Planning Control, or visit their website at Somerset County Council.

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