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. The Government has produced a Plain English guide to the planning system.

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.