Apply for Planning Permission

Apply for Planning Permission

  1. How to Apply
  2. About the Application Process
  3. When a Decision is Made


1. How to Apply

The easiest way to apply for planning permission is via the Planning Portal. On the Planning Portal you will be able to register, complete your application form, upload supporting documents (plans and statements) and pay fees online.

For information about costs of applying for planning permission, view the Planning Portal fee guide or use their fee calculator.

If necessary, you can download and complete a paper copy of an application form.

The fee can be paid:

  • over the phone (01706 217777 option 4) by debit or credit card; or
  • by cheque - Payable to Rossendale Borough Council – please quote ‘Planning Fee’ on back of cheque; or
  • Via on-line banking:
    • A/C Name: Rossendale Borough Council
    • Sort Code: 01-07-29
    • A/C Number: 25503391
    • Please quote: PLANNING FEE


2. About the Application Process

Once your application has been received it will be allocated a reference number and will be passed through to one of our Planning Officers to validate and check that all the necessary documents and plans have been received. The application will be validated as soon as reasonably possible and then the determination period will begin.

For guidance on what supporting and additional information is required for submitting a Planning Application to us, you can view our re-published Validation Checklist.

To learn how planning applications are decided and the options you have once a decision has been made, visit the Planning Portal’s ‘The decision-making process’


3. When a Decision is Made

Once a decision is issued, you will be notified by email or letter of our decision to grant or refuse planning permission. If the decision is a refusal it will also contain detailed information about how to appeal.


New Planning Fees

Legislative amendments to increase planning application fees in England have now been formally “made” and will take effect on 6th December 2023

New Fees