Applying for Planning Permission for business

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.

Please note: As of Saturday 1 June 2019, informal permitted development enquiries will no longer be considered by our Planning team. Information regarding permitted development for business and change of use can be found here.

You can apply for formal consideration of either a Proposed or Existing development through the submission of a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Development or alternative for a Certificate of Lawful Existing Development at the Planning Portal.

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.

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

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