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Newcastle Planning Services welcome the submission of applications online through our partnership with Planning Portal. You can fill out an application, submit electronic drawing attachments and pay your fee electronically.


What type of application do I require?   

When looking to apply for planning permission you will first need to establish what type of consent you require. We have different forms for different types of application. If you are unsure about which form you need, please contact us for advice. Application forms and / or Guidance notes are available to download from this site. In some cases you may be required to submit more than one type of application. For example, if you are proposing to carry out significant works to a listed building you would normally require both Listed Building and Detailed consents.

Alternatively you can apply for permission online  through our partnership with Planning Portal. Simply complete your online application form, attach any plans and submit your fee and it will be sent direct to us automatically.

You can view the Planning Portal advice, guidance, and interactive help at their common projects page.

What do I need to submit ?  

Applications must, from the point at which they are received and registered, contain all the information needed by the Planning authority to make a decision. This helps planning officers to deal with the application efficiently. It also ensures that third parties consultees can have a full picture of what is being proposed and helps to obtain a speedier decision.

When your application is received it will be checked that it is accurate and has all the information required. It will not be registered if relevant information is missing. 

For guidance on what you will need to submit with your application please to our Validation Checklist (pdf, 843kb) and Glossary

  • Please read our Privacy Notice which sets out how we use information in the course of our work as a Local Planning Authority.

How long will it take?  

Newcastle City Council aims to determine all applications within 8 weeks from the date the application is valid, however major applications may take up to 13 weeks.

What are the costs?  

Planning fees for planning applications are set by central government and vary depending on the nature of the development you wish to carry out. Get the full list of fees for different types of planning permission. Alternatively you can use the electronic Fee Calculator available from Planning Portal (links to external site)

You can pay electronically by using our on-line payment system.

Please ensure you select the appropriate type of planning payment:

  • Planning Application fee
  • Pre Application fees (for non-household pre applications only)
  • If you do not have a reference, please can you insert the site address as a reference and also insert any other relevant details in the narrative field.

Other Ways To Apply

We encourage you to submit your application online through the Planning Portal to help speed up the process. The Planning Portal helps you to:

  • Identify which forms you need to complete
  • Ensure you have completed the application form correctly
  • Attach relevant files including drawings and other supporting information
  • Produce a site location plan
  • Calculate the correct fee and pay for your application online (where relevant)
  • Your application will be fast tracked to us the same day.
  • You will not need to go submit a hard copy of the application.
  • The application will be checked for completeness at the point the application is submitted. Reducing the likelihood of the application being deemed invalid on receipt.
  • And, perhaps most importantly it should save you money.

Information provided on the application form and accompanying drawings and documents will be made available on the internet.

Each form is accompanied by help text and a checklist which you should read in order to ensure you have submitted all the information required. Further information on the additional supporting information listed in each checklist can be found in our Validation Requirements document, which sets out when particular information is required. View Validation Checklist (pdf, 843kb) and Notes (pdf 279kb). If you do not send all the information we need to deal with your application, we will not be able to register it and it will be returned to you.

View our application forms.

How to appeal a decision  

If an application is refused you have a right of appeal through the Planning Inspectorate. However we would recommend that you contact the authority prior to lodging your appeal. Some issues can be resolved through minor alterations to proposals.

Appeals are lodged with the Planning Inspectorate and not with Newcastle City Council. You can submit your appeal online (external link). Appeals are considered by a Planning Inspector and most are conducted through writing although some are decided by a hearing or public inquiry.

Find out more information on planning appeals.

Other guidance  

View the full range of guidance on making planning applications.

Help, assistance, and customer feedback   

If you have a technical issue that needs resolving (such as the Portal operating incorrectly or your login details not working) you can raise a Support Query with the technical support helpdesk by emailing

Support queries should include the following information:-

  • a one line summary of the query/problem
  • name of person who found the problem
  • full description of the problem
  • where in the Portal the problem occurred
  • what action was in progress immediately prior to the problem occurring
  • description of the difficulties that the problem causes
  • full contact details

Please note that the Helpdesk operates between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.

If you simply wish to send feedback about the Planning Portal site (such as comments on the content or examples of features/services you would like to see provided in the future) you can send them to

Customer Feedback

If you have recently applied for planning consent from Newcastle City Council, you may wish to give us comments and feedback on your experience with the process. The council is keen to ensure that all planning applicants are consulted about whether they are satisfied with the service provided, and so it is important that we hear your views.

Complete a short questionnaire if you would like to take part in this survey.

Page last updated: 
22 November 2018
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