The planning process explained


We deal with applications within the statutory period of eight weeks for minor applications, 13 weeks for major applications and 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment. Every application is validated and registered and internal and external consultations together with neighbour notification are also carried out. There is a three week consultation period.

You may also like to read our advice note called The Planning Application Process.  

Code of practice and committee decisions

View our guidance note on Approved code of practice for members and officers Planning Officers.

The City Council's procedures for dealing with planning applications at planning committee are also outlined in our guidance note entitled Planning Committee Meetings - Public Participation. You can also view copies of the Planning committee agendas and minutes.


You can appeal online using the guidance and forms on the appeals section of the Planning Portal.

The steps

Process map