Apply for planning permission

Before you apply, it is important you have all the relevant information:

Plans and drawings

For professional assistance in submitting an application, see the Partner Agent List (PDF) or go to the Planning Portal - Buy a Plan website.

Once you have the necessary information you can start an application. If you need more help, you can learn how to apply at the Planning Portal website.

We recommend you make your planning application online.

Start a planning application online

Benefits of applying online:

  • Save your application and return to it later
  • Submit your application online at any time
  • No postal delays or printing costs
  • Immediate delivery and confirmation
  • Pay the fee online or by telephone
  • Supporting documents and plans can be attached
  • Secure, online record and audit trail of all your applications

Once your application has been submitted, it will be passed to a Planning Officer who will assess the suitability of your proposal and issues such as the effect on the local area, the environment and other people and properties.

Most decisions will be made within eight weeks however, more complex applications may take longer. Procedures for determining planning applications are set out in the following document:

Paper application forms are available from the Planning Portal website.

The role of Parish and Town Councils in relation to planning applications is explained in Annex 1 to the Swindon Borough Parish and Town Council Charter 2015. You can view this document on the Modern Gov website.

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