Submit a planning application

Please note that due to a number of vacant posts in the planning application team that have proved difficult to fill during the Covid-19 related lockdown, the council currently has a large backlog of valid planning related applications and pre-application enquiries.  Understandably this is resulting in a significant volume of correspondence from concerned applicants and agents.  In dealing with such correspondence it diverts our resources away from processing the applications.  We would therefore respectfully ask for your patience as the council seeks to do all it can to bring in resources to tackle this backlog.  In the interim please note that delays of many weeks will be incurred in processing and determining the applications and pre-application enquiries.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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, you can download an application form from the Planning Portal. Some key forms can be downloaded from our forms page.

How to pay

If you have submitted your planning application directly to Lancaster City Council rather than through the Planning Portal, you can pay the associated fees in the following ways:-


The quickest way to pay is online through our eStore.  You will need your planning application number or application site address and your debit or credit card.

By post

Please make cheques payable to Lancaster City Council, make a note of the application reference and / or site address on the reverse of the cheque and send your completed application and relevant plans to:

PO Box 4, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1QR

By phone

To pay by card please telephone 01524 582950 (option 1) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.  You will need your planning application reference number or application site address and your debit or credit card.

Please note that your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Last updated: 16 September 2020