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Submit a planning application - Christchurch

Planning application process flowchart

We are committed to engagement and consultation on planning applications in line with legal requirements. The flowchart shows the planning application process and opportunities for the public and councillors to comment on planning applications during the statutory period of consultation. We also encourage agents and developers to engage in pre-application discussion with the public before applications are submitted to us. 

Before you apply

It helps to include everything that we require with your application. If you don’t, we will need to contact you to request missing items which will delay your application.

See our planning advice note on validation requirements for details of the national and local validation requirements.

If your proposal will affect a listed building, conservation area or other heritage asset you will need to submit a heritage statement. See our heritage statement guidance note for details of what you need to consider and include in your statement.

Submit your application, plans and supporting documents

You can start an online application on the Planning Portal or you can download a paper form on the Planning Portal.

You need to submit the plans, supporting documents and pay the fee at the same time as you submit your form. Any plans submitted online or by email need to be in PDF format.

If making a paper application you need to send two copies of the paper form, plans and supporting documents and post to the BCP Council office for the town that the application site is located in. We need to scan your documents when we get them. Please don't have them bound or put them in plastic covers.


The Planning Portal have a guide to the fees for planning applications, and a planning application fee calculator.

If you use the Planning Portal to submit your application, you must pay your fee to them when you make your application. You can pay them with a credit or debit card when you apply online or over the phone by contacting the Planning Portal directly. It is also possible to pay by cheque or bank transfer. Please note that your application will not be released to us until after any application fee has been paid and the Planning Portal also include a service fee.

If you are submitting a paper application form you will need to pay us directly.

Developer contributions

Find out if your proposed development is subject to developer contributions.

Validation checklists

You can find the validation checklist for your planning application below. The checklist will tell you what you need to send us to make sure your application gets dealt with correctly.

If you're not sure which checklist you need, you should find the application you need on the Planning Portal. You should use the checklist with the same name.

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