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Applying for planning permission

You need to submit the correct planning application form and supporting documents for the work you are planning to carry out.

If you submit the wrong form or any documents are missing, your application will not be valid. This will delay the application process, meaning it will take longer for us to make a decision..

The Planning Portal will guide you through the process so you can find the correct application form.

Supporting documents

You need to make sure that you submit all of the correct supporting documents when you complete your planning application. 

You need to submit different documents depending on the type of work you are planning to carry out. To find out what you need to submit for your type of application, you should check:

The National Validation List applies to all planning applications in England. The Local Validation List only applies to applications you submit to us. 

For major developments, you will also need to submit a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems pro-forma, which is published by Essex County Council.


For your application to be accepted and valid you must submit the correct fee. Fees vary according to the type of application to be submitted and the development proposed. To find out the fee required for your application you can download a guide to the fees for planning applications in England, or you can check the Planning Portal's fee calculator.

Payment can be made either by:

  • Applications submitted through the Planning Portal - the fee will be calculated and paid on submission of your application 
  • Applications submitted direct to the Council -  the fee can be paid online by debit card 
  • Payment by BACS, please email for the details and a reference 

Please do not use our Automated Telephone Payment service for Planning Fees.