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The Planning Application Process


How an application is dealt with

Once an application has been submitted, it will go through the following process:

  • A validation check to ensure the forms are properly completed, drawings included, and the correct fee paid
  • Consultation process. In general these cover : (i) publicity including neighbour notification; (ii) obtaining the views of statutory and non-statutory consultees
  • A site visit by the case officer to assess the impact of the application
  • Consideration of the application by the case officer against existing Local and National policies, a past history of that site or similar applications, and any representations that may have been received
  • The application will then be determined under delegated powers by the Head of Planning and Regeneration Services or by the Planning Committee
  • Once a decision has been made, a decision notice is issued.

You can monitor the status of an application using the Council’s online system for viewing planning applications.

Local planning authorities are required to deal with an application within prescribed time periods. The Council aims to deal with most applications within the statutory 8 week time period, and 13 weeks for major applications.

Third parties/commenting on an application

Neighbours and other third parties are entitled to comment on an application submitted. These comments can be made on-line through the Council’s online system, or in writing to the Head of Planning and Regeneration Services, within 21 days of notification of the application.


Planning applications may be inspected by:

By using the Council’s online system for viewing planning applications.

Or you can visit main reception at Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU and they will direct you to Planning, where you can also view the documents online.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 4pm

In the event of an application being decided by the Planning Committee, there is the opportunity for people to put their views directly to the Committee.

The decision

If the applicant is not happy with the decision that has been made, they have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State, but they have to do so within six months of the decision.

Contact us


01202 633321

Planning & Regeneration Services
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

Planning reception - visitor hours
Monday to Thursday - 9am to 5pm
Fridays - 9am to 4:30pm

Duty Officer
9am to 1pm