How to apply

Apply online using the Planning Portal.  This is the most effective way of submitting a planning application and will save you the cost of printing and postage.

apply for planning permission on the Planning Portal website

Use the Planning Portal help centre to support you with completing your online application. You can use the help centre if you encounter a problem filling out an application or have a query with how to use the Planning Portal website. You can also call them on 0333 323 4589.

Applications that are not available using the Planning Portal can be emailed to Please note we will not accept emailed applications where an online Planning Portal form exists or where any other email address is used.

Hard-copy applications should be sent to Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications submitted on CD, memory stick or via document sharing sites, such as Dropbox.

Applications sent to any address or by any method other than those listed above will not be considered as being lodged with us, meaning they will not be valid and no work will be undertaken on them.

We aim to register valid applications sent to us using the Planning Portal within five working days. Applications sent to us by post or email will normally take a few days longer to be checked.

What an application needs

Before you send us your application make sure you know what plans, drawings and supporting documents you need to include.

A valid application will need:

  • a completed application form
  • ownership certificates
  • the correct fee
  • suitable plans and drawings
  • the relevant supporting documents

Information and documents that you send with your application will normally be placed on our website for public inspection. This includes the name and address of the applicant and their agent together with their contact details. You should therefore consider very carefully what information about yourself and others you send to us. If you do not want information or documents that you want to send us to be shown on our website then you should contact us directly when you submit your application so that we can consider your request.

House extensions

We have also prepared advice about what needs to be included with applications to extend or alter a dwelling.

Tell us what you want to do

When completing the form it is important that you give a clear and accurate description about what you are seeking permission for.

Essential advice

When you have sent us your application we will check it to make sure you have included all that is needed. Once checked we aim to contact you within five working days. Sometimes after an application has been registered more information is needed. When this happens we will tell you what you need to give us.


No copies are needed when you send us an application online. For large scale developments, where a number of A1 or A0 size plans are sent, you might be asked to send us a complete set of plans, drawings and supporting documents in paper format. If you send us an application by post or deliver by hand, always include two copies of the form and all supporting documents.

Pre-submission validity check

We can check your application to make sure it is completed correctly and you have included all necessary information. This helps to register an application.

Planning conditions and legal agreements

We can provide copies of legal agreements, planning conditions, decision notices and ordnance survey maps.

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Building regulations

Many schemes also require building regulations approval and most people use our building control service to get it. For advice about building regulations call 01275 884 550 or email