Find out if you need planning permission and apply for minerals and waste or council planning

View the pre-application planning advice that we offer for mineral, waste and council applications.

We are responsible for planning applications for minerals and waste developments, as well as applications for our own land and buildings. Minerals development include quarries and oil and gas sites and waste developments include landfill and recycling.

Planning for residential, commercial and industrial developments are dealt with differently depending on where you live. If your planning development falls within a National Park boundary, you need to get more information and apply for planning permission from Yorkshire Dales National Park or North York Moors National Park.

Biodiversity net gain will be a statutory requirement for major planning applications from 12 February 2024. Further information regarding this can be found on our biodiversity net gain page.

Please read our planning advice and guidance below prior to making a formal planning application, to seek advice and guidance on what should be included when submitting a planning application.

You can submit a planning application online via our planning portal:

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Pre-application

Pre-application advice

Why seek pre-application advice?

We encourage prospective developers to enter into pre-application discussions. This gives an opportunity to discuss proposals before formally submitting applications; helping to identify any potential problems and speeding up the decision-making process. A pre-application discussion is capable of:

(a) confirming the scope of the information in an application;

(b) addressing whether a proposal may need to be amended to comply with policies in the Development Plan and other officer advice; and,

(c) seeking a view on whether planning permission is likely to be granted.

It also:

  • gives the opportunity to understand how policies and guidance will be applied to a proposed development, looking at the planning history and relevant constraints for the site
  • can identify at an early stage whether specialist input is required, for example, advice on listed buildings, trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology or archaeology
  • may lead to a reduction in the time spent working up proposals, identifying potential problems and sorting them out before an application is submitted
  • may indicate that a proposal is completely unacceptable, saving you the cost of pursuing a formal application and
  • will ensure that you provide all the necessary information and drawings to enable the application to be registered as valid, and prevent further delays within the application process

The National Planning Portal (correct at 20 March 2019) advises,

"It is often a good idea to meet a planning officer for an informal discussion before you submit an application. Some local planning authorities charge for this service so it's a good idea to check first. It is also a question you have to answer in the application form and can assist the local authority in dealing with your application.

Pre-application advice is encouraged as it can:

  • verify the list of local requirements each planning authority can require
  • reduce the likelihood of submitting invalid applications and
  • help you understand how planning policies and other requirements affect your proposals

It goes on to say,

"If you are meeting a planning officer you should be fully prepared to describe your proposals and show plans. You can:

  • ask for an assessment of whether there seems a reasonable chance of getting permission
  • discuss site problems such as roads, footpaths, power cables, watercourses, sewers and telephone lines and
  • ask about potential problems such as noise and traffic and whether the council might impose conditions to overcome these problems rather than refuse planning permission

The level of preparation required depends on what you propose to do. In simple cases, it should be sufficient to look at the main issues governing the grant of permission and decide which of these are relevant to your application.

It is important that you say why you think your proposed development should be allowed to go ahead. Please bear in mind that planning applications will normally be decided in accordance with the development plan, therefore you will need to justify any proposals which would constitute an exception to the plan.

For larger schemes, a prospective developer may decide to enter into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) with us and, should this be the case, please make enquiries through our email address: planning.control@northyorks.gov.uk

Prospective developers are also encouraged to carry out a pre-application public consultation with appropriate sections of the public (for example, neighbours directly affected, Parish/Town Council or specific interest groups) in accordance with our published  Statement of Community Involvement (pdf / 933 KB). Prospective applicants for major or sensitive development are encouraged to carry out pre-submission publicity and consultation with the local community and, while the methods to be used will be at the discretion of the applicant, the use of such methods as public meetings, public exhibitions and presentations, presentations to Parish Councils, leaflet drops and publicity in local media is encouraged. Any feedback received when finalising development proposals should be taken into account. Early community engagement can help identify new issues, help allay concerns, and allow for amendments to the proposals before formal submissions which can speed up the planning application process. However, it is recognised that pre-submission consultation may not always be possible due to practical, timescale and/or financial restraints. When considering whether or not to engage in pre-application consultation, applicants should be aware that seemingly minor proposals can sometimes be significant, or even controversial, for local people. Therefore, it is often advisable to take a precautionary approach and to engage with those that may be affected whenever possible.

What guidance is available to support the receipt of pre-application advice?

The County Planning Authority has adopted a  local list of validation requirements for planning applications (pdf / 980 KB). This is a detailed guide to the information that may be required when submitting a planning application.

Other useful guidance which may help those involved in the planning process includes:

Our planning process flowcharts provide additional guidance in an easy-to-understand format:

In order to assist the pre-application submiss ion stage, the Planning Authority has produced enquiry forms that should be completed as comprehensively as possible to get the most out of the pre-application discussions. These include one for minerals-related development and another for waste-related development:

Contact us for a paper copy of a minerals development enquiry form or a waste development enquiry form.

Any enquiry made in the absence of a completed enquiry form will be returned to the enquirer with a request to complete the information contained in the relevant form. Similarly, a submitted enquiry without an accompanying fee will also be returned.

The allocated case officer will acknowledge the receipt of your pre-application enquiry form within five working days and aim to respond to your request within 20 working days; however, if the information provided is insufficient with which to provide a response, the case officer will write advising what additional information is required in order to provide a response.

Not all pre-application enquiries will necessitate a meeting with a case officer and, in many instances, enquiries can be handled through an exchange of correspondence. However, some pre-application enquiries can vary from being quite short discussions between applicants, agents and ourselves to larger meetings that involve a wide range of officers including, for example, expert advisers on heritage, landscape and ecological matters.

What could the advice include?

  • an assessment of the development in relation to 'permitted development' rights
  • a review of the planning history for the proposed development site
  • identification of applicable constraints for the proposed development site
  • identification of the relevant planning policy, guidance and main considerations
  • a view on the potential need and extent of pre-application consultations with other parties
  • advice on pre-submission community engagement
  • details of planning application requirements and how to access forms and guidance, including confirmation of the information requirements to accompany any future application, such as ecological surveys or transport assessments for example
  • advice on the relevant planning fee
  • advice on whether any changes to the proposed development may, if appropriate, be warranted
  • an indication of the likely need for a legal agreement such that ‘heads of terms’ may be included with any future application
  • advice on whether the proposed development might give rise to a financial contribution having to be made on the part of the applicant such as a commuted sum for highway works for example
  • an estimate on the timescale for determination and
  • an initial ‘in principle’ officer view based on the information provided

Depending upon the nature, scale and location of a proposed development which is the subject of the enquiry, the written response will be checked and counter-signed by either the team leader or an appropriately qualified and experienced senior planner in the team.

Every endeavour will be made to ensure that the advice provided will be timely and as comprehensive as possible at the time of provision. However, applicants are encouraged to also undertake other pre-submission consultations with technical consultees, such as the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, Natural England, or Historic England for example. Such pre-submission advice from other technical consultees would add value to the pre-application advice provided by the Planning Authority and, therefore, applicants are encouraged to undertake technical consultations as early as possible.

The advice is given in good faith and without prejudice to (and therefore not binding upon) the final recommendation on any proposal, which will be made in the light of consultation responses and detailed consideration of the application. Any advice provided does not constitute a formal response or decision of the Authority. The Authority will not be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, resulting from the use of the advice. Any advice provided, while intended to be as comprehensive as possible at the time of being provided may not necessarily be exhaustive. Should any details of the proposed development change, further advice should be sought prior to the submission of any future application. Any advice provided will reduce both relevance and materiality during the passage of time. Please also note that the availability of this Pre-Application Advice Service may have to be prioritised dependent on available staffing and other resources.

Whilst the authority does not routinely publicise the details of pre-application discussions, disclosure of information regarding enquiries for pre-application advice may be requested by a third party, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (subject to certain exemptions, such as commercially sensitive and confidential information) and the Authority is under these circumstances, obliged to provide the requested information. Should there be any information that could be considered to be prejudicial to commercial interests, if disclosed, or would breach confidentiality, this should be made explicit and in writing setting out the reasons why, and for what period, this information needs to remain confidential. It is then for us to decide whether it believes the information falls into these exempt categories if a Freedom of Information request is subsequently received.

Information on the cost of planning is available.

Schedule of charges for pre-application advice service

Definitions

Minor 

Including: Plant/machinery/associated infrastructure involving land <0.5hectares or excavation/deposit of <5k tonnes/per annum or applications involving non-material amends or variations or details pursuant or built development <1,000m2

Major

Including: Minerals-related development between 0.5ha-14.9hectares or both minerals/waste-related development between 5k-30k tonnes/per annum or built development >1,000m2.

Large scale

Including: All new quarries plus any minerals-related development >15ha or >30k tonnes/per annum or any energy-related (including hydrocarbons-related) development. All new landfills/waste facilities & waste-related development >30k tonnes/per annum or any built development over 5,000m2. or any EIA development

Is planning permission needed? (written advice provided)

Minor: £120
Major: £240
Large-scale: £480

Planning histories: (written advice provided)

Minor: £60
Major: £120
Large-scale: £240

Pre-app validation checking

Free for 30 minutes thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)

'In-principle' policy advice: (written advice provided)

Minor: £250
Major: £450
Large-scale: £650

Verbal advice plus an office meeting

Minor: First hour £100, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
Major: First hour £150, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
Large-scale: First hour £200, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)

Verbal advice plus a site meeting

Minor: First hour £100, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
Major: First hour £150, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
Large-scale: First hour £200, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire

Written advice

Minor: £300
Major: £600
Large-scale: £800

Written advice plus an office meeting

Minor: First hour £350, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
Major: First hour £750, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
​​​​​​​Large-scale: First hour £900, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)

Written advice plus a site meeting

Minor: First hour £450, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
Major: First hour £850, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
​​​​​​​Large-scale: First hour £1000, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire

Any additional office meetings

Minor: First hour £200, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
Major: First hour £250, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)
​​​​​​​Large-scale: First hour £350, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof)

Any additional site meetings

Minor: First hour £200, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
Major: First hour £250, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire
​​​​​​​Large-scale: First hour £350, thereafter £88/hour (or any part thereof) + mileage + pool car hire

Any additional written advice

Minor: £88/hour (or any part thereof)
Major: £88/hour (or any part thereof)
​​​​​​​Large-scale: £88/hour (or any part thereof)

Phone calls

£88/hour (or any part thereof)

Correspondence

£88/hour (or any part thereof)

Mileage

£0.42/mile

Pool Car Hire

£40 each visit

Written fee category confirmation

£50

Local Searches

£50

Planning application forms

Council development application forms

Application for full planning permission

Full planning permission application form

Full planning permission guidance notes

 Full planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 362 KB)

Biodiversity net gain

Application for listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of listed buildings

Listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of listed buildings application form

Listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of listed buildings guidance notes

 Listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of listed buildings validation requirements (pdf / 279 KB)

Application for removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission

Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission application form

Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission guidance notes

 Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 259 KB)

Biodiversity net gain

Application for approval of details reserved by condition

Approval of details reserved by condition application form

Approval of details reserved by condition guidance notes

 Approval of details reserved by condition validation requirements (pdf / 257 KB)

Application for prior notification of proposed demolition

Prior notification of proposed demolition application form

Prior notification of proposed demolition guidance notes

 Prior notification of proposed demolition validation requirements (pdf / 270 KB)

Application for non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission

Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission application form

Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission guidance notes

 Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 266 KB)

Prior to the submission of any non-material amendment application, please contact the relevant case officer in order for them to assess whether this is required.

Application for prior approval of proposed change of use to state funded school

 Prior approval of proposed change of use to state funded school application form (pdf / 228 KB)

Application for proposed change of use of agricultural building to a state funded school or registered nursery

 Proposed change of use of agricultural building to a state funded school or registered nursery application form (pdf / 244 KB)

Application for a certificate of lawfulness of proposed works to a listed building

Certificate of lawfulness of proposed works to a listed building application form

 Certificate of lawfulness of proposed works to a listed building guidance notes (pdf / 28 KB)

Application for planning permission and consent for demolition in a conservation area

 Planning permission and consent for demolition in a conservation area application form (pdf / 230 KB)

 Planning permission and consent for demolition in a conservation area guidance notes (pdf / 76 KB)

Notification for prior approval for the installation, alteration or replacement of other solar photovoltaics (PV) equipment on the roofs of non-domestic buildings, up to a capacity of one megawatt

 Notification for prior approval for the installation, alteration or replacement of other solar photovoltaics (PV) equipment on the roofs of non-domestic buildings, up to a capacity of one megawatt application form (pdf / 115 KB)

Application for planning permission and for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area

 Planning permission and for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area application form (pdf / 252 KB)

 Planning permission and for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area guidance notes (pdf / 252 KB)

Minerals development application forms

Application for minerals development

 Minerals development application form (pdf / 385 KB)

 Minerals development guidance notes (pdf / 261 KB)

 Minerals development validation requirements (pdf / 451 KB)

Visit our biodiversity net gain page to see what information to include in your application.

Contact us for a paper copy of a minerals development application form.

Annexes

 Annex 1 - mineral extraction and processing (pdf / 442 KB)

Annex 1 - guidance notes

 Annex 2 - mineral exploration (pdf / 407 KB)

Annex 2 - guidance notes

 Annex 3 - underground mining (pdf / 16 KB)

 Annex 3 - guidance notes (pdf / 15 KB)

 Annex 4 - major surface disposal of mine or quarry wastes (pdf / 16 KB)

 Annex 4 - guidance notes (pdf / 16 KB)

 Annex 5 - oil and gas operations (pdf / 23 KB)

 Annex 5 - guidance notes (pdf / 17 KB)

Application for removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission

Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission application form

Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission guidance notes

 Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 259 KB)

Visit our biodiversity net gain page to see what information to include in your application.

Application for approval of details reserved by condition

Approval of details reserved by condition application form

Approval of details reserved by condition guidance notes

 Approval of details reserved by condition validation requirements (pdf / 257 KB)

Application for certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach

Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach application form

Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach guidance notes

 Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach validation requirements (pdf / 310 KB)

Application for certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development application form

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development guidance notes

 Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development validation requirements (pdf / 310 KB)

Application for non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission

Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission application form

 Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 266 KB)

Application for development relating to the onshore extraction of oil and gas

 Development relating to the onshore extraction of oil and gas application form (pdf / 326 KB)

 Development relating to the onshore extraction of oil and gas guidance notes (pdf / 399 KB)

 Development relating to the onshore extraction of oil and gas validation requirements (pdf / 438 KB)

Application for determination of planning conditions

Contact us for a paper copy of a determination of planning conditions application form.

Prior to the submission of any non-material amendment application, please contact the relevant case officer in order for them to assess whether this is required.

Waste development application forms

Application for full planning permission

 Full planning permission application form (pdf / 1 MB)

Full planning permission guidance notes

 Full planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 362 KB)

Visit our biodiversity net gain page to see what information to include in your application.

Application for removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission

 Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission application form (pdf / 516 KB)

Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission guidance notes

 Removal or variation of a condition following the grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 259 KB)

Visit our biodiversity net gain page to see what information to include in your application.

Application for approval of details reserved by condition

 Approval of details reserved by condition application form (pdf / 498 KB)

Approval of details reserved by condition guidance notes

 Approval of details reserved by condition validation requirements (pdf / 257 KB)

Application for certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach

 Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach application form (pdf / 676 KB)

Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach guidance notes

 Certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development or activity, including those in breach validation requirements (pdf / 310 KB)

Application for certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development

 Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development application form (pdf / 534 KB)

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development guidance notes

 Certificate of lawfulness for proposed use or development validation requirements (pdf / 310 KB)

Application for non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission

 Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission application form (pdf / 543 KB)

Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission guidance notes

 Non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission validation requirements (pdf / 266 KB)

Prior to the submission of any non-material amendment application, please contact the relevant case officer in order for them to assess whether this is required.

Fees

Please use the online fee calculator for guidance on planning application fees on the Planning Portal website.

You can also read the guide to fees for planning applications in England.

When calculating fees:

  • there is no VAT on planning application fees;
  • for purposes of fee calculations, measurements of site area/floor space are based on external dimensions; and
  • if an application is for the replacement of any buildings/extensions that are to be demolished, no account is taken of the existing building in the fee calculation only the proposed new floor space.

Further information

View and comment on planning applications

Our online planning register allows you to search for planning applications, monitor progress and view records of applications determined by us including the decision notices. You can also submit comments on current applications.

What constitutes a valid representation?

Representations must relate to the use of land and should be related to policies contained within national and local planning documents.

Grounds for deciding a planning application are limited to specific issues known as material considerations. When commenting on an application, these material considerations should be the focus.

Material considerations

Material considerations must be genuine planning considerations. They must be related to the development and use of land in the public interest. The considerations must also fairly and reasonably relate to the application concerned.

Some examples of material considerations are:

  • location and setting
  • loss of daylight or sunlight
  • overshadowing/loss of outlook (but not loss of view)
  • highway issues: traffic generation, vehicular access, highway safety
  • design, layout, landscaping and external appearance of buildings
  • impact upon the neighbourhood and existing infrastructure
  • the possible effects of pollution on land
  • the proposed after use of the site and restoration of the land and
  • hours of working, noise, dust and other factors affecting amenity

Matters that cannot be taken into account include:

  • private issues between neighbours, such as land/boundary disputes damage to property, private rights of way and covenants
  • loss of value of property
  • personal morals or views about the applicant and
  • matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning laws

How do we determine planning applications?

The statutory development plan is the starting point for the consideration of planning applications, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. If the development plan contains material policies or proposals and there are no other material considerations, the application should be determined in accordance with the development plan. Where there are other material considerations, the development plan should be the starting point, and other material considerations taken into account in reaching a decision.

Our adopted planning policies are set out in development plans, the local waste plan and the local minerals plan. Where relevant, national government policies are also considered.

The planning case officer considers all representations received and prepares a report summarising the application and the issues it raises.

Our planning and regulatory functions committee considers the report and decides whether to grant planning permission for the application. Alternatively, the corporate director can determine applications of a minor nature using powers delegated to by the planning and regulatory functions committee.

If an application is refused, the applicant may appeal against the decision. Unless the appeal is of a minor nature, a government appointed planning inspector usually hears it at either a public inquiry or an informal hearing. In addition, the secretary of state may 'call in' applications of strategic importance and decide upon them.

What happens if a planning application cannot be determined?

In the event that a planning application cannot be determined under our scheme of delegation, it would be reported to the planning and regulatory functions committee.

Please read our guidelines for applicants, objectors and other interested parties if you would like to attend, or make representations at, a meeting of the planning and regulatory functions committee.

View the committee page for more information on agendas and reports

Renewable energy developments

Planning applications for renewable energy matter (such as wind farms) are generally dealt with by district and borough councils or National Park authorities. In partnership, we have developed a  technical guidance document (pdf / 1 MB).