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Applying for planning permission is a formal process and it is the responsibility of the applicant, or their agent to ensure that the process has been followed.

The application process can vary in terms of the time taken and the detail involved. For example the process for a major superstore will take far longer, and be far more detailed than for a single domestic garage.

Our step-by-step guide shows the basic process for householder applications and details the steps and actions required at the pre-application stage.

Because of the unique nature of each part of the county, each area office has its individual guidance on the ‘local requirements’ for planning applications. As an example, planning applications within the small area of the New Forest National Park in Wiltshire are decided by the New Forest National Park Authority and not Wiltshire Council.

If you have used the pre-application advice service then you’ll know what requirements are needed. If not, it’s always a good idea to call planning administration who will be able to guide you on what other information is required for your application.

For a typical extension to a house you will need the details below:

Examples of the plans required as part of a planning application are shown on the householder planning application guidance. If you are using an agent they will prepare these for you as part of the overall approvals process. Please note, scale bars are required on all plans

Floor plans

Floor plans of the existing and proposed layouts. The plans should show key dimensions such as overall width, length, and key dimensions to any boundaries. These should be at a scale of at least 1:100 or 1:50. All measurements on drawings should be in the metric (not imperial) scale

House elevations

Drawings of the existing and proposed house elevations. At a scale of 1:100 (1:50 if the building is listed). These should clearly show all external features of the property and what the property will look like from all sides, once the work is complete.

Location plan

It is recommended that this is at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 (or larger), showing at least two named roads and surrounding buildings. The properties shown should be numbered or named to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear. The site of the application should be clearly outlined in red and any land under the same ownership outlined in blue.

Location plans can be purchased from Chippenham, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries. Find out more information about maps for planning applications.

Block plan

A Block plan showing the property and the boundaries with your neighbours. This should be at a scale of 1:200 or 1:500. The boundaries to your property should be edged in red to clearly identify the extent of the site to which the application relates.

Block plans can be purchased from Chippenham, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries. Find out more information about maps for planning applications.

Application form

Make sure that you’ve filled in each part. We have a help sheet to guide you through the requirements of each section on the form, you can download copies of the forms and guidance from our applications forms and fees page

Application fee

The application fee - PDFFee sheet Fee sheet 57kb

Local requirements

Any other specific local requirements such as a design and access statement or a flood risk assessment if required. Your local planning office will be able to advise you on this.

Planning a new development

We recommend that all developers work with a telecommunication partner or subcontractor in the early stages of planning for any new development to make sure that Next Generation Access Broadband is a fundamental part of the project. Access to superfast broadband should be thought of as an essential utility for all new homes and businesses and given the same importance as water or power in any development design. Is your development ready for superfast broadband?

Last updated: 6 January 2016


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