PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
All applications for planning permission (except minerals) have to be made using national Standard Planning Application (1APP) forms (changes to planning regulations from 1 October 2013) and we recommend that you fill your application in via the Planning Portal website.
The planning portal is a quick and easy way to submit your planning application. You can upload supporting documents, plans and even pay your application fee online. Submitting your application online also saves on postage and gives you immediate verification of your submission. There is also an online help function when completing your application. To date, Oxford City Council receives approximately 80% of its planning applications online.
St. Aldate's Chambers,
109 - 113 St. Aldate's,
Oxford, OX1 1DS.
The cost of planning applications varies, please see the document below for fees:
The Department for Communities and Local Government have now introduced a fee of £172 (in effect as of 31st July 2014) for flexible change of use from B1 to C3 and to carry out associated building operations.
More information about UK planning and building regulations is available on the national Planning Portal website.
Applications cannot be processed until all the planning application requirements have been met.
List of National and Local Planning Application Requirements (242kB PDF)
Pre Application Advice (30kB PDF)
Maps and Plans Advice (PDF)
Documents needed for a Lawful Development Certificate (PDF)
Requirements for the submission of an Appropriate Contamination Assessment (external link)
Please note: We strongly encourage you to speak to any people who might be affected by the proposals, particularly occupiers of neighbouring properties, before applying for planning permission. The City Council have produced a guide to community involvement in planning proposals for major or significant schemes. Further information can also be found in our Statement of Community Involvement (page 15).
In addition to any planning permission you may require, you may also need flood defence consent from the Environment Agency when developing land near watercourses or floodplains. Download the guidance document below for more information:
Development near watercourse or floodplain guidance (25kB PDF)
Minor applications take between 6 and 8 weeks to be processed and have a decision sent out. Major applications take 13 weeks to process but this is not always achievable due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise. More step by step information on this procedure can be found on the Planning applications procedure page.
Oxford City Council expects all new development to be of the highest quality and is committed to raising the standard of design across the city, from householder developments to major residential developments. We are doing this by engaging with local residents and developers to promote good design through pre-application discussions and consultations, creating and implementing strong design policies and working with the Oxford Design Review Panel (PDF).
For an individual to use the title "architect" he or she must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
The Architects Registration Board is the body set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects. It is the body which maintains the Register of Architects which lists the name of every architect in the UK.
Oxford City Council is now a 'Smarter Planning Champion'.
Smarter Planning is a Planning Portal initiative to encourage professionals and local planning authorities to fully realise all the benefits of online working.
We have been given this status because we are committed to delivering a smarter and faster planning process; by communicating and working electronically.
Page last updated 6 May 2015