Apply for planning permission

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

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

Swindon Borough Council has recently been awarded ‘Smarter Planning Champion’ status by the Planning Portal, for improvements to services and demonstrating a commitment to delivering a faster and smarter planning application system. We encourage all planning applications to be submitted online using the Government’s Planning Portal website.

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. The Council’s procedures for determining planning applications are set out in the following document:

The role of Parish and Town Councils in relation to planning applications is explained in Annex 1 to the Swindon Borough Parish & Town Council Charter 2015 which can be viewed on the Modern Gov website.

Paper application forms are available from the Planning Portal website.

Last updated: 15 September 2017. Was this information helpful?

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