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Planning Applications


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

Please read our COVID-19 and Planning webpage


It is recommended that you read our Planning Application Validation webpage before submitting an application.

Once you application has been determined you may wish to appeal against a decision, apply for non-material minor amendments, apply for removal, variation of, or discharge conditions - these applications can be found in the After the decision has been made section.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Some developments are liable for CIL - it is important you know if this applies to your planning application. For further details please read our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) pages.

Sedgemoor District Council welcomes and encourages planning applications submitted electronically.

Submitting an Application 

As a consequence of the restrictions put in place by the Government to deal with the Coronavirus our staff are working remotely. Unfortunately due to constraints of remote working there is approximately a 4 week delay in processing applications. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but hope you could bear with us given the unprecedented situation.

It will help speed up the determination of your application if you can provide comprehensive photographs of the site with your application.

Direct to Sedgemoor District Council

If you have provided applications or supporting information via post there will be a delay in processing them due to staff working remotely.

Please allow 1 working day for the application to be set-up on our back office system, we will then send a confirmation letter to the Agent (if applicable)/Applicant which will include the Planning Application Number.

  • Payments - you must quote the planning application number when making your payment. We accept payment via the following methods:
    • Cheque - made payable to Sedgemoor District Council
    • BACS - it is strongly advised that you inform us if paying via this method to prevent any delay in connecting your payment to your application (Icon for pdf Sedgemoor District Council Bank Details [292.66KB])
    • Debit/Credit Card (over the phone 0300 303 7805)

Via the Planning Portal

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Advertisement Consent Application

The fee is £132 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 £462.

You may find the Planning Practice Guidance on Advertisements useful.

Application Form

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

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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 £206, so half of the fee will be £103.

Existing Use - lawful not to comply with a particular condition

£234

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 £462, and for alterations or extensions to a dwelling without planning permission, the fee is £206.

 

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

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

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Demolition in a 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.

If your development site is in a conservation area, you will generally need 'planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area' (also commonly known as 'conservation area consent') to do the following:

  • Demolish a building with a volume of 115 cubic metres or more.
  • To demolish any gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure with:
    • a height of one metre or more if next to a highway (including a public footpath or bridleway), waterway or open space; or
    • a height of two metres or more elsewhere.

Please note: There are some exemptions to these general requirements.

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

Application Form

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

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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)
Alterations/extensions to two or more dwellings, including works within boundariesTwo or more dwellings (or two or more flats)£407
New Dwellings (up to and including 50)New dwellings (not more than 50)£462 per dwelling
New Dwellings (for more than 50) £22,859 + £138 per additional dwelling in excess of 50 up to a maximum fee of £300,000.New dwellings (more than 50)£22,859 + £138 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£234
More than 40m2 gross floor space created but no more than 75m2£462
More than 75m2 gross floor space created but no more than 3,750m2£462 for each 75m2 or part thereof
More than 3,750m2 gross floor space created £22,859 + £138 for each additional 75m2 in excess of 3,750m2 to a maximum of £300,000

 

Erection of buildings (on land used for agricultural purposes)
Gross floor space to be created by the developmentNot more than 465m2£96
More than 465m2 gross floor space created but no more than 540m2£462
More than 540m2 gross floor space created but no more than 4,215m2£462 for 540m2 + £462 for each 75m2 (or part thereof) in excess of 540m2
More than 4,215m2 gross floor space created £22,859 + £138 for each additional 75m2 in excess of 4,215,750m2 to a maximum of £300,000

 

Erection of glasshouses (on land used for the purpose of agriculture)
Gross floor space to be created by the developmentNot more than 465m2£96
More than 465m2 gross floor space£2,580

 

Erection/alterations/replacement of plant and machinery
Site areaNot more than 5 hectares£462 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 5 hectares£22,859 + £138 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 5 hectares to a maximum of £300,000

 

Application other than Building Works
Car  parks, service roads or other accessesFor existing uses£234

 

Waste (use of land for disposal of refuse or waste materials or deposit of material remaining after extraction or storage of minerals)
Site areaNot more than 15 hectares£234 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 15 hectares£34,934 + £138 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares to a maximum of £78,000

 

Operations connected with exploratory drilling for oil or natural gas
Site areaNot more than 7.5 hectares£508 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 7.5 hectares£38,070 + £151 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 7.5 hectares up to a maximum of £300,000

 

Operations (other than exploratory drilling) for the winning and working of oil or natural gas
Site areaNot more than 15 hectares£257 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 15 hectares£38,520 + additional £151 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares up to a maximum of £78,000

 

Other operations (winning and working of minerals) excluding oil and natural gas
Site areaNot more than 15 hectares£234 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)
More than 15 hectares£34,934 + additional £138 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares up to a maximum of £78,000

 

Other operations (not coming within any of the above categories)
Any site area£234 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) up to a maximum of £2,028

 

Change of Use of a building to use as one or more separate dwellinghouses, or other cases
Number of dwellingsNot more than 50 dwellings£462 for each additional dwelling
More than 50 dwellings£22,859 + £138 for each in excess of 50 up to a maximum of £300,000
Other Changes of Use of a building or land£462

 

A list of all planning charges is available here: Icon for pdf Planning charges and application fees [533.65KB]

 

Application Form

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

 

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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 £206.

Application Form

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

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)

Location Plan (existing)

  • Must not be a Land Registry document/plan
  • Be as up-to-date as possible
  • Be at an identified measurable scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 and include a scale bar 
  • Be clearly marked with the direction of North
  • Show the full site, all site boundaries, adjoining properties (be numbered or named) and identify sufficient roads and/or buildings to enable identification of the land to which the application relates
  • Show the application site boundaries and all land necessary to carry out the proposed development i.e. land required for access to the site from the road, outlined in red
  • Show any other land within the applicant's ownership or control that is close to or adjacent to the site outlined in blue
  • Have a unique drawing number
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour
  • Clearly show an authorised copier's licence number together with the appropriate copyright acknowledgements

Block / Site Plan (existing and proposed)

  • Be as up-to-date as possible
  • Be at an identified measurable scale of 1:200 or 1:500 and include a scale bar
  • Be clearly marked with the direction of North
  • Clearly show the proposed development 
  • Include all site boundaries, existing buildings, roads, tracks, footpaths, public rights of way, walls, banks and historic features, ponds, watercourses and proposed boundary treatments/walls/fencing (including measures for removal and/or retention); within the application site.
  • Clearly show any buildings to be demolished 
  • Show new buildings in context with adjacent buildings
  • Include existing and proposed parking provision, access arrangements and the extent and type of any hard surfacing
  • Clearly show the position of all trees and all hedges and those that could influence or be affected by the development; with proposals for removal and/or retention clearly indicated (including boundary hedges); on/near the application site.
  • Have a unique drawing number
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour
  • Clearly show an authorised copier's licence number together with the appropriate copyright acknowledgements.

Elevation Drawings (existing and proposed)

  • Be at an identified measurable scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and include a scale bar. Larger scale drawings may be required for Listed Buildings 
  • Show all elevations in full unless otherwise agreed
  • Show proposed building materials, style and finish of the building and windows and doors 
  • Show any other buildings that are attached to the elevation and where possible the main features of that adjoining building (e.g. details of doors, windows on the same elevation of an adjoining terraced or semi-detached dwelling). 
  • Show existing elevations clearly identified as North, South, East and West with all existing door and window detailing.
  • Show proposed changes on each elevation. 
    • If no changes to an elevation are proposed provide one elevational drawing confirming it as existing and proposed.
    • Part elevations can be provided if there are inset areas to the building.
  • Have a unique drawing number
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour where needed
  • Include the particulars specified or referred to in the application form e.g. material etc.

Floor Plans (existing and proposed)

  • Be at an identified measurable scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and include a scale bar
  • Clearly identify the extent of any proposed uses being applied for
  • Clearly identify the existing and proposed use of each room on the floor plans
  • Show all openings i.e. doors and windows
  • Show any buildings or walls to be demolished 
  • Show an existing and proposed roof plan for any alterations that would involve a change to the roof
  • Show finished floor level for any new buildings
  • Have a unique drawing number
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour where needed 

Section Plans (existing and proposed)

Required if there is proposed to be a change of levels within the site i.e. building part cut into the ground.  

  • Be at an identified measurable scale (of 1:100 or 1:200) appropriate to the scale of the development and include a scale bar
  • Show a cross section(s) through the proposed building(s)/structure(s)/site
  • Provide details of existing and proposed levels with reference to an off-site fixed datum point
  • Have a unique drawing number 
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour where needed 

Levels (existing and proposed)

Required for all detached buildings, and also extensions/additions if different to the finished floor levels of the main dwelling, to confirm proposed finished floor levels relative to a fixed datum point e.g. a manhole cover.

  • Be at an identified measurable scale appropriate to the scale of development and include a scale bar
  • The levels plan should show some reference to the height/level of the adjoining land 
  • Provide details of existing and proposed levels (to include finished floor levels) with reference to an off-site fixed datum point and include any retaining walls.
  • Have a unique drawing number 
  • Indicate original paper size (A4, A3 etc.) on drawings for printing and be uploaded/printed in colour where needed

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.

Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) for bats - Technical Guidance

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 proposals that have archaeological implications. 

If a Listed Building you will also require Listed Building Consent

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Design and Access Statement

Required for Listed Buildings or if in a Conservation Area where the proposed development consists of building(s) with a floorspace of 100m2 or more, and should include a

Tree Survey / Report

Required for works that 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.

Extra information required dependent on the Proposal
Any additional information not set out as above but which we need to determine the application should ideally be provided at submission. If not provided it may be requested during the course of the application and may subsequently invalidate the application or delay the decision. Please read the Icon for pdf Local Validation Checklist [1.36MB] for further guidance.


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 Demolition in a 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 Prior Approval: 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 and ask to speak to the Planning Duty Officer.

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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 Historic Environment page.

Application Form

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

Useful resources

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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: £462 per 0.1 hectare, or part thereof.
  • For sites over 2.5 hectares the fee is £11,432 + £138 for each 0.1 in excess of 2.5 hectares to a maximum of £150,000

Application Forms

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

 

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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

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist

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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:

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Permission in Principle

Permission in Principle (PiP) may be granted for minor housing-led development only (less than 10 dwellings and related non-residential work). Article 5B of the Permission in Principle (Amendment) Order 2017 sets out development that is specifically excluded from a grant of permission in principle and this includes habitats and EIA development.

The PiP consent route has two stages:

Stage 1 - Permission in Principle establishes whether a site is suitable in principle.
Stage 2 - Technical Details Consent is when the detailed development proposals are assessed.

There is a right of appeal where a local planning authority refuses PiP upon receipt of a valid application.  The procedures in place are set out in Article 5V of the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 (as amended).

The fee for all PiP applications is based on the site area:

  • £402 per 0.1 hectare, or part thereof

Application Forms

We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.

Please note: Applications for Technical Details Consent (based on a granted Permission in Principle) should be submitted on a Full Planning Permission application form with details of the related Permission in Principle provided in the description. Both applications must be granted before development can commence and may be liable to pay Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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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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Planning Application Validation

We want to help you submit applications with all the information we need to assess them. If an application is not submitted with the required information it will not be valid and we will not be able to process it.

Please read our COVID-19 and Planning webpage


Please note: we have released an updated version of the Validation Checklist on 1st July 2020. This will be applied to all planning applications assessed and validated after this date.

Before submitting an application you should make sure that the accompanying information is sufficient for the purposes of validation. To assist us with the validation and decision-making process we request that an application is accompanied by a schedule or list of submitted documents. 

The Icon for pdf Local Validation Checklist [1.36MB] has been produced to inform applicants/agents of the type of documents and level of information required to validate a planning application or other similar consents. There are National Requirements and Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) has local requirements. SDC's local validation checklist reflects both the National Guidance on the validation of applications and the local requirements to meet adopted Core Strategy policies. To avoid confusion, this document will merge local and National requirements to enable use of this document as your one-stop shop, with the aim that your application can be registered as valid for determination by the Council first time round.

This Checklist is intended to provide applicants/agents with clear advice as to the planning information that is considered necessary to allow Case Officers and Statutory and Non-Statutory consultees to properly consider proposals being put forward and to ensure a streamlined submission process.

If you consider a required item is not applicable to your particular application then please contact us using the details below for further advice.

Meetings and Site Visits

To minimise unnecessary travel and contact we aim to assess planning applications using digital means, virtual site visits and photographs provided by the applicant/agent. Your case officer will contact you to discuss this as necessary.

If a site visit is deemed essential your case officer will contact you to discuss whether or not this can be done safely, maintaining social distancing and minimising contact. A risk assessment will be carried out prior to visiting the site. If an essential site visit cannot be arranged safely your application may have to be delayed; again your case officer will discuss the options with you.


Additional guidance:

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