Make a planning application
County Planning Development Management Team
Essex County Council
Before you make your planning application
Check you are contacting the correct authority. Essex County Council manages applications for minerals, waste and services the council provide. Such as schools, libraries and roads.
For any other development, you need to contact your local planning authority.
We recommend you get pre-application advice before making your application.
Waste and county council development planning applications
The easiest way to apply is online via the Planning Portal. There you can find guidance, attach documentation, and calculate and pay fees. This excludes mineral applications.
You can also apply using the relevant downloadable form. See Forms and guidance below. If using a downloadable form, complete and return to us, by email or post, using the contact details below. Then pay fees using our Minerals and waste payments online form.
See the Planning Portal’s fee calculator to find out how much to pay. Or contact us using the details below.
Minerals planning applications
Fill in the following form using the guidance notes.
Send to us by email or post using the details above.
You must submit the following documents with your minerals application.
Local validation requirements lists
All applications must meet national and local validation requirements. Please refer to the following checklists to ensure your application is complete.
Please also refer to our additional local validation requirements for each application type.
Failing to supply the right information as outlined in the checklists will delay your application.
Environmental impact assessment
If your proposal is likely to have a major environmental impact, you may need to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment with your planning application.
The aim of an EIA is to protect the environment. It does this by ensuring planning authorities know about any significant environmental impact a project is likely to have. They can then consider this when making planning decisions.
Environmental impact assessment stages
There are five stages to EIA.
This includes determining if a proposal:
- falls under the remit of the regulations
- is likely to have significant environmental effects
This includes determining which issues should be considered and reported in the Environmental Statement.
3. Prepare Environmental Statement
This must be prepared by experts and include details of their relevant expertise or qualifications.
4. Submit planning application and publish Environmental Statement
The planning application should be submitted along with the Environmental Statement. The latter should be published online by the local planning authority. Statutory consultees and the public will then have an opportunity to comment on the proposed development and the Environmental Statement.
The local planning authority will consider the proposal, take into account the Environmental Statement and any submissions and decide whether to grant planning permission or not.
If you think your proposal is likely to need an EIA, please contact us at the earliest stage using the details above.
Forms and guidance
See the Planning Portal website for an explanation of the different types of planning consent.
Full planning permission
Outline planning permission
Some matters reserved
All matters reserved
Approval of reserved matters following outline approval
Planning permission and building consent for listed buildings
Application for a Lawful Development Certificate
This certificate states that a proposed or existing development is lawful.
Lawful Development Certificate – existing use or operation
Lawful Development Certificate – proposed use or development
Application for removal or variation of a condition
See our Additional guidance for help with minor material amendments (DOC, 78KB). Or contact us for pre-application advice.
Application for approval of details reserved by condition
Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission
Apply to change or remove planning obligations
Planning permission may be granted subject to certain conditions. For example, a developer may agree to pay money or carry out work to mitigate the effects of a development.
You can apply to remove or amend an obligation under a Section 106A agreement. (Section 106A refers to the relevant part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.)
To apply, fill out this form using the guidance notes included:
Application for the modification or discharge of planning obligations form (DOC, 79KB)
Please contact us for pre-application advice if you’re unsure which form to use.Print this page