Submit a planning application

Please be advised that due to an upturn in  planning application related workload, there will be delays to planning application determinations and some pre-application responses. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and anticipate operating at our normal level of service by the end of Spring 2020.

Through the Planning Portal website

Before you submit an application check that you have:

All five of the above are required in order to validate an application.

Any sensitive information of a personal or commercial nature must be submitted as a separate document clearly marked "confidential".

Lancaster City Council Privacy Statement (Planning)

As the Local Planning Authority, Lancaster City Council collects, processes and stores personal information about you in order to administer and assess planning applications, and to fulfil certain legal obligations with respect to planning.  To find out more about how we process your data please refer to the Council’s Privacy Policy for Planning.

Other ways to submit an application

If you are unable to apply online, fees can be paid by cheque, payable to Lancaster City Council (please write your name and the site address on the back) or by credit or debit card over the telephone. To pay by card please telephone 01524 582950 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

All application forms can also be downloaded from the Planning Portal. Some key forms can be downloaded from our forms page.


Last updated: 19 December 2019