How the planning system works

Planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities, the environment and the economy.

It plays a critical role in identifying what development is required and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and whether proposed development is sustainable.

There are two main types of planning application:

  1. Full planning permission 
  2. Outline planning permission

Before you carry out any building work, you need to check if you need to apply for planning permission.