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Planning application process


Pre application discussions help applicants to prepare their planning applications as they will help them understand:

We provide advice and support to help minimise ecological impact and landscape impact of proposed developments.

Submission of the planning application form

You can submit your application online via the UK government's planning portal where you can find further guidance.

Alternatively you can use hard copy forms.

You should pay any fees applicable when you submit the application.

Once you have submitted a planning application we check it to ensure it is valid. You should check the validation checklist guide (PDF 174KB) and the specific validation checklists provided with each application form to ensure you submit all the information necessary to validate a planning application. If you are still not sure you can contact us.

Once we validate an application we will:

As a local planning authority, Lancashire County Council collects, processes and stores personal information about you in order to administer and assess planning applications and to fulfil certain legal obligations with respect to planning. To find out more about how we process and store your data please refer to the county council's privacy notice for Development Management.

Form Guidance to fill in the form Validation checklist

Full application


Validation checklist (PDF 34KB)

Removal or variation of a condition to grant planning permission


Validation checklist (PDF 33KB)

Additional information in respect of mineral and waste operations (DOC 31 KB)



Outline planning permission with all matters reserved



Outline planning permission with some matters reserved



Approval of details reserved by condition (discharge of conditions)


Validation checklist (PDF 12KB)

Lawful development certificate for an existing use including those in breach of a planning condition


Validation checklist (PDF 14KB)

Lawful development certificate for a proposed use or development


Validation checklist (PDF 13KB)

Prior notification of demolition application


Validation checklist (PDF 16KB)

Prior notification of telecommunications application


Validation checklist (PDF 14KB)

New planning permission to replace an existing planning permission



Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission



Form for the periodic review of conditions to mineral sites



Guide to fees for planning applications


The Development Control Committee makes the decisions on planning applications after consideration of a planning officer's report.  You will be able to put forward your views to the committee members by either speaking at the committee meeting (for four minutes) or by speaking to them prior to the meeting (if you think that speaking at the meeting doesn't give you enough time). Other people who may object or be in favour of the application and representatives from parish/town councils can also put forward their views to the committee members.

The decision making can in certain circumstances be delegated to a planning officer (see scheme of delegation (constitution appendix B) for more detail).

Once a decision is made, we issue a decision notice which clearly identifies:


If the council refuses planning permission or imposes conditions that the applicant considers unreasonable, the applicant can appeal to the Secretary of State of the Department for Communities and Local Government within a period of six months from the decision notice.

If you appeal you need to let the council know by submitting a notice of appeal.

Any such appeal is then considered by an independent inspector of the Planning Inspectorate who will report the findings to the Secretary of State. The appeal process can either be by written representations, an informal hearing or by a full public inquiry, depending on the complexity and nature of the case.

If the county council or the Secretary of State grants planning permission, there is no right of appeal for those who object to it.   It is possible to challenge the decision on a point of law but this would be a matter for the courts.

A guide to the fees for planning applications