Apply for planning permission

Do you need planning permission or building regulations approval?

Planning rules determine whether you can go ahead with projects and building regulations set standards to ensure that buildings are safe. 

You may need to apply for planning permission and building regulations approval for your project. You can read more about the difference between planning permission and building regulations approval on the Planning Portal website.

The process of applying for building regulations approval is separate to applying for planning permission and involves different checks.  You can read more about it and apply for building regulations approval here.

Types of planning permission

There are two main types of application, full planning permission and outline planning permission. You can read more about the types of application and possible planning consents on the government's planning guidance website. 

We recommend that you ask us for pre-application advice to make sure that you have selected the correct application, and for information on the different types of application and consents. There is a charge for this service. Choose the advice relevant for you from the following:

Online applications

You can submit your planning applications, including, forms, plans and other supporting documents, electronically via the Planning Portal.

If you've not used the portal before you'll need to register first.

Using the portal is straightforward and secure. The online process guides you through your applications, with help available at each stage. It allows you to save your application and return to it at any time to complete it.

It's also cost effective, saving you the cost of copying and posting your application and supporting documents.

Postal applications

You can download paper application forms here. If you're applying by post, you'll need to submit four copies of the forms and four sets of plans together with any accompanying documents. Please read the appropriate guidance notes to support you with your application.

Please send your application to Planning and Building Control, Barnsley MBC, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG

Planning process

The various stages of the planning process, and the timescales involved, are explained here.

Planning fees

A fee is payable with most planning applications, to determine the cost of your application please refer to our list of fees and charges. You can work out how much your application may cost on the online fee calculator.

Your information 

When you submit a planning application the information you provide will be used to determine it. A version of your application with sensitive information removed, in addition to relevant supporting documents and plans, will be published on our Planning Explorer online system.

Where necessary, the information may be shared with external organisations (e.g. Yorkshire Water, Environment Agency etc.) to assist in determining your application. The information may also be shared with other Barnsley council services (eg. Building Control, Highways etc.).

Our privacy page provides further details.