Planning application guide

If you need to obtain planning permission the following information will help to answer questions you may have during the application process:

How do I submit a planning application?

Applications can be made electronically to the council using thePlanning Portal (opens new window) .

Using this method you will be taken through the application process step-by-step and the appropriate application form will be selected automatically.

If a fee is required with your application, this will need to be paid via the Planning Portal website and can be calculated using the Planning Portal Fee Calculator.

We would always recommend that you apply online but if you'd prefer to use the paper forms, you can still access them here:Planning Portal Paper Forms (opens new window)  Please email your completed form and all supporting documents to

Please be aware that Nutrient Neutrality is affecting the delivery of some developments at this time.  We suggest you review our page onAbout Nutrient Neutrality before making planning applications or submitting requests for pre-application advice.

Can I submit the application myself?

You can submit applications yourself. However, unless you have experience in architectural design and a good understanding of construction, it is advised that you employ a qualified architect, surveyor or planning consultant to act as your agent. If your application is straightforward you may be able to do the drawings yourself. However, they must be clear, accurate and drawn to scale. If you use an agent to act on your behalf, all correspondence will be sent to them, including the decision notice.

What do I need to submit?

The council has also produced a  guide to the validation of planning applications (PDF) [864KB] (opens new window)  to assist you in submitting applications when additional information is required. The guidance and documents are specific to the most common types of application. Although these documents are not required to validate your planning application, they may speed up your application and avoid an unnecessary refusal of planning permission.

What happens to my application?

When we receive your application it will be checked by a Validation Officer to ensure we have all the information we need. We will then send you a letter confirming that the application has been validated or a letter requesting further information. Keep this letter safe, it has your planning application reference number on, as well as the date by which a decision should be made. Should you need to contact us, we will ask you for the reference number.

Who will know about my application?

The council must meet certain publicity requirements before a decision can be made, such as:

  • Notifying the town or parish council in which the application site is situated.
  • Informing Ward Representatives.
  • Notifying neighbours immediately adjacent to the site or those that may be affected by the development.
  • Placing a site notice as close to the application site as reasonably possible.
  • Consulting internal and external statutory consultees.
  • Publishing an advert in the local press (EDP).
  • Displaying the application on the council website for public viewing.

For more information on public consultation, please view the  Breckland Statement of Community Involvement (PDF) [624KB] (opens new window) .

How long will my application take?

We have a target for minor and other applications of eight weeks and 13 weeks for major applications. However, some applications may take longer.

How is a decision made about my application?

A Planning Officer will assess your application, they will then decide whether to recommend the application for approval or refusal taking into consideration any comments received. If your application is straightforward and meets current policies, a delegated decision will be issued. In some cases the application may be decided by thePlanning Committee meeting guide.

To view the scheme of delegation please refer to Part 3 of theBreckland Council Constitution (opens new window) .

How do I find out what the decision is?

A written notice giving the decision on your application will be sent to you (or your agent if you have one). Decisions will also be displayed on ourSearch Planning and Tree Work Applications page.

Unable to find what you were looking for or have a general enquiry?Contact us with our online form.

Last updated: 11/05/2023 16:41:28