- Submit applications and enquiries and correspondence by email as the building in which we work is now closed and delays will be inevitable.
- Telephone contact is possible to Officers on their contact numbers, but Officers may not always be available during the typical working day so please leave a message and it will be returned as soon as possible.
- If staff are ill or have high caseloads, applications may be re-assigned during the course of the application, if there are significant delays then an agreed extension of time to the application may be sought.
- Please ensure that you have supplied the contact details of the applicant including email address, this is so that photographs of the site can be requested and/or the site notice can be sent directly to them to display with an explanatory letter.We sincerely thank you for accommodating these matter as we try our utmost to continue to deliver this service
- Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
- Savings on postage and printing costs
- Online help function when completing applications
- Online record of your completed applications
- Online payment
For the above reasons we recommend you make your application via the Planning Portal.
Please note: Applications will not be registered until all the necessary supporting information such as plans and drawings and the appropriate fee is received, we therefore recommend you review the guidance on fees and submission requirements
There is also a service charge for submitting online planning applications that attract a planning fee. Application fees are to be paid to the Planning Portal by using the payment options that are presented to you as part of the application process and before the application is submitted to the local authority. From 1 August 2019:
- Planning applications with a fee below £60 will not incur the service charge.
- The service charge will be £20.83 (+VAT) for all other planning applications.
We recommend that you submit your application online via the Planning Portal, however, we appreciate that in certain circumstances this may not be appropriate, in this instance, you will need to download the appropriate application form.
Developers/applicants and agents should be aware that Worcester City Council adopted its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule and associated documents on Tuesday 16 May. CIL will be implemented on 4 September 2017 and that CIL charges will apply for all qualifying development. It is important to note that CIL will apply to applications that are determined on or after 4 September 2017, including those which are currently live. This means that all planning applications will need to be accompanied by an Additional Information for CIL form that is available from The Planning Portal. Find further information relating to CIL.
Every application must be accompanied by the correct fee.
The Government sets the Planning Application Fees that apply across the country. As of 17 January 2018 planning application fees increase by 20%, as set by the national Government. The fees support improvements to the planning service.
New fees will also be introduced for Permission in Principle applications and for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition.
Payments can be made using: the planning portal, contacting the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 722233, visiting our Customer Service Centre at 89 The High Street, or sending a cheque to: The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY
For further information on a wider range of planning fees, please use the following links
Application Submission Requirements
It is necessary for the correct information to be submitted for a planning application go be registered. From July 2013, the National Government has required Local Authorities to set out a Validation Checklist for new applications. The City Council's Validation Checklist is a useful document as it sets out what is required for different application types and provides links to relevant policy and guidance.
The scope of submission application varies on a variety of matters including the scale of the proposal, the application type and the individual site constraints (e.g. sites in conservation areas or high flood risk), for guidance, the City Council has set out the following basic checklists for certain types of minor development;