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Planning and development management

We are responsible for planning and development management in North Somerset.

Searching for and commenting on planning applications

Visit our planning applications website to search and comment on planning applications that have been submitted to us. For help download our how to search for and comment on planning applications guidance (pdf). You can also view our weekly list of applications received and weekly list of applications decided.

Planning map

Our planning map shows a range of planning information including flood zones, conservation areas, green belt, listed buildings, tree preservations orders, parish boundaries and the full planning history of your property. View our planning map.

Extending or altering your home

Use our interactive house or interactive terrace house to find out if you need planning permission for the work you're intending to carry out. For more information read our extending or altering your home FAQs.

Latest planning announcements

For the latest information about local and national development management and planning issues view our latest planning announcements.

Pre-application advice

We offer a pre-application advice service, so you can ask our advice about your proposals before submitting your application. This can often save you time and money. There is normally a fee for this service. For more information download our pre-application advice note (pdf).

Access design guidance on all equality issues

We have a range of guidance covering everyone protected by the Equality Act from disability to gender or race. Guidance marked as essential relates to key areas of legislation such as planning and would be of particular value to any designers, businesses or developers in meeting legal requirements for a formal consent. Find out more on the access officer website.

Submitting a planning application

Read our planning application FAQs for more information about the requirements for submitting an application including associated cost.

You can submit a planning application using the Planning Portal website or completing an application form.

Planning agents

Find a planning agent to help you submit your application, our accredited planning agents have a proven track record for submitting good quality applications. For more information read our accredited planning agent scheme FAQs.

Planning policies and guidance notes

There is a range of guidance available to help you understand the planning process and how to submit your planning application to help you save time and money. View advice and guidance.


We can take action if developments have gone ahead without our permission or fail to comply with any planning conditions we have set. For more information read our enforcement FAQs.


As an applicant, find out what you can do to appeal if you're unhappy about a decision we've made. Objectors and other interested third parties have no right of appeal under UK planning legislation. For more information read our appeals FAQs.

Investment in North Somerset

If you are a business and are looking to relocate to North Somerset or develop or expand your premises, visit the in North Somerset website for more information about the opportunities in this area.

Professionals and town or parish councils

If you are a planning professional or represent a town or parish council, view the information and advice for professionals for more information on areas of interest specific to professionals.

Major applications

Read our major application FAQs for more information about current major applications, what developers need to consider when submitting a major planning application and how we deal with this type of application.

South Bristol Link application

We have received a planning application for the construction of a combined road and rapid transit bus route that travels between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park. Find out more about this application.

For more information contact the development management team.