Applying for Planning Permission for business

Following the Examination and approval at Full Council in April 2016, we will commence charging our CIL on Monday 4 July 2016

From Monday 9 May 2016, all applications creating over 100sqm of new floorspace, 100 sqm of change of use, or a new dwelling, including prior approvals under permitted development will require a CIL Additional Information Form

Please note CIL will be chargeable on all relevant applications at the time planning permission first permits development

Further information is available at

All developments will require Planning Permission unless advised otherwise by us. Ensuring that business premises develop in accordance with national and local standards, it promotes responsible development in Solihull.

If you're unsure what permissions and consents your business needs, you can contact us to discuss your plans.

Pre-application discussions

A useful service for many business owners in Solihull is the pre-application advice we provide. Speeding up the process, the discussions are designed to:

  • help deliver business development projects
  • establish a timetable for key dates and timescales
  • define our responsibilities
  • define your responsibilities
  • encourage consultation with stakeholders
  • better explain the way decisions are made
  • highlight possible restrictions and potential issues

There is now a S38 and S278 Works Highway Adoption Procedures Guidance to Developers which sets out the key stages of Section 38 and Section 278 process.

Planning Portal

There is an extensive amount of information on Planning Permission and Building Regulations for business owners at the Planning Portal. With useful advice for every step in the process, it is the perfect place to:

How much does Planning Permission cost?

The fees for planning applications vary depending on the work involved and the project itself. At the Planning Portal you can:

What you need to send with your application

To avoid potentially costly delays, all planning application forms need to be returned with the correct documents and the correct fee.

The Planning Portal has information on national requirements for planning applications. We also have a local validation checklist to help assess applications for planning permission. For further guidance see:

How personal data is used on a planning application

As a statutory obligation, we hold a register of all valid Building Regulations applications. All documents and other information submitted are publically available.

This information is used strictly in accordance with The Data Protection Act and in line with the Information Commissioner’s Office Guidance on Planning and Building Regulation Information.

This means that only personal information in the public interest will be used online. As a result, we will remove:

  • personal email addresses
  • signatures
  • telephone numbers

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