Planning and building control

Planning and building control regulations control what you can build.

Building control

Building control approve certain stages of building work so work can continue. Nearly all building work needs building control approval.


Protecting our environment including information on conservation areas, listed buildings, the historic environment and how to submit a site for bio diversity net gain, habitat restoration and nutrient neutrality.


Find out about planning applications and planning appeals. Report building work that does not have planning permission.

Planning guidance

Planning guidance for advice on applications, appeals and local plans. Plain English guide explains how the planning system in England works.

Planning Policy

Planning Policy plans for long term development. Policies are set out in Local Plans for an area. Planning or building must be in areas shown for development on a Local Plan.

Trees and hedges

You will need to contact us about work on trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas, removal of countryside hedgerows and high hedge complaints.


Biodiversity in relation to planning issues including biodiversity planning advice, biodiversity net-gain call for sites and nutrient neutrality information.

Commons registration

Apply to inspect, search or amend the registers of common land and village greens, register a new village green, view notices of applications and decisions.