Applying for Planning Permission for businesses

Please note: The Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning & Housing at his decision session of 22 January 2020 agreed the following:

The approval of these documents follows a consultation exercise that took place over the summer of 2019. The updated Statement of Community Involvement and the updated Local Validation Criteria document, January 2020, can be found above. Please note, 4 new requirements are included in the Local Validation Criteria and are found at requirements 8 (existing and proposed elevations), 9 (existing and proposed floorplans), 10 (existing and proposed level drawing) and 31 (structural survey). Development Management will be validating planning applications against this updated LVC from Monday 10 February 2020.

Please note: The Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning and Housing at his decision session on 28 November 2019 agreed changes to pre-applications fees.

Also agreed at this decision session is the introduction of S106 monitoring fees. The Pre-Application charging schedule will commence from Monday 13 January 2020 and any application submitted on or after 1 January 2020 that requires a S106 agreement will then be liable to the monitoring charge.

Lastly, the CIL indexation rate increases by approximately 5% (based on 2019 prices) and will be applicable to permissions granted after 1 January 2020 future rates.

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.

Our Developers Service Guide provides guidance on the provision of facilities for waste and recycling for new developments and property conversions. 

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.

Please note that all plans should be submitted to scale and include a scale bar clearly on the drawings.

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