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Planning applications

Making a planning application

You can submit applications to us in two ways.

Online via I-Apply or Planning Portal. Both online systems allow you to fill in application forms and certificates, attach drawings, and send your application to us electronically. Please note that all plans submitted need to be in PDF format.

Alternatively you can download and complete an application form and send it to us, along with any plans and supporting documents, to There is a maximum email size of 10Mb so you may need to split your email messages, or you can send the documents by post to Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL.

Planning fees

PLEASE NOTE: Planning fees increased by 20% from 17 January 2018.

For your application to be accepted, you must submit the correct fee. You can download a guide to the fees for planning applications in England, or you can check the Planning Portal's fee calculator. Application fees can be paid using the following methods:

  • Online - you can pay online when you submit your application through I-Apply
  • BACS - please phone 01621 854477 for our BACS details.
  • Pay by phone using a debit card - please call 01621 854477 and speak to an advisor. Please do not use our Automated Telephone Payment service for Planning Fees.
  • Cheque - made payable to 'Maldon District Council' and post it with your application documents to Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL.

Please note: If you are paying by cheque, this will be cashed on receipt. This enables your application to be processed in a timely manner.

Please ensure that you quote the application number (if known), or the site address to ensure we can link the payment with your application.

Documents and drawings we need

To make a valid application, there are statutory and local information requirements which apply to each application type. These are commonly known as the National and Local Lists. We have combined our local list with the national requirements to be clear about the information required at the outset.

The information required varies according to the type of application. Any application that fails to meet the criteria will be made 'invalid' and will result in delays in processing your application.

If you require assistance with the completion of planning application forms and the plans that need to be submitted, our Duty Planner will be available to see you on Tuesdays from 1pm - 5pm and Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am - 1pm. No appointment is required.

Our latest validation list became effective on 1 May 2016. This will be reviewed every two years, as recommended by the Government, and any minor amendments to take account of statutory changes or Government Guidance will be made as and when necessary.