Before you apply, we recommend all applicants request pre-application advice. We offer a paid for pre-application advice service. This service will provide you with time to meet with a planning officer and discuss your plans and suggest any improvements that may help your application to be approved.

It is also important to make sure you have all the documents and plans needed to make a planning application. If your planning application is submitted without the relevant documents it may be deemed invalid and this could result in your losing 25% of your deposit.

From 1 September 2021 our local validation requirements for planning applications will be changing, as agreed by the Planning & Rights of Way Panel on 11 February 2020.

Apply for planning permission online

Applying for planning permission, via the Planning Portal, is quicker and easier. Registration is simple and you can complete your application form online, upload supporting documents and pay the appropriate fee online by credit or debit card, or over the phone. Any applications that are made invalid or where the additional information requested is not submitted within the time frame given, will be returned in the post along with 25% administration cost taken from the planning fee.

Apply for planning permission via the Planning Portal.

National and Local Validation checklists (15 April 2015) - Validation checklists for planning applications.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
All planning applications must provide sufficient information to allow the city council to determine whether the development is liable to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy. Applicants are therefore required to complete the CIL Additional Information Form which must be submitted with their application(s).

Developer Contributions
Sometimes planning permission for new developments will include obligations to help support local services.

Solent Disturbance and Mitigation Project
All applications for planning permission or prior approval for new residential development across the city received after Monday 7 July 2014 will need to provide a means of mitigating the development’s impact upon the ecological importance of the Special Protection Areas within and around the Solent.

Most planning applications require a location plan and a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as supporting documents. The most common reason for planning applications being rejected is that the accompanying plans are invalid. You can buy plans from one of the Planning Portal's accredited suppliers.

Buy a plan

Apply by post or email

We strongly recommend that you apply for planning permission via the Planning Portal. It is quicker, easier and you are able to track the progress of your application.

However, you are able to apply by post or email if you wish to. To do this, you need to download the appropriate planning application form the Planning Portal website. Fill the form out and email it to or post it, along with the correct supporting documents, plans and notice, to:

Infrastructure Planning and Development
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
Civic Centre Road
SO14 7LY

How can I make payment? 

You may pay for planning applications using the following payment methods:

  1. Online: The best way to make a payment is by paying online:
    Pay online
    You will need the planning location address (first line and postcode). If you submitted your application on the Planning Portal, you will need your Planning Portal Reference Number (starting PP), which can be found on your application acknowledgement issued when your application is made.
  2. BACS: Please ensure you use the Planning Portal Reference Number (starting PP) as the reference, which can be found on your application acknowledgement issued when your application is made, and the location address of the property for which you are applying for planning permission.

    The account details are:
    Sort code: 30-00-00
    Account no: 00332526

If you do not use the correct Planning Portal Reference Number (starting PP) and/or the location address of the property for which you are applying for planning permission when making payment, it could delay acknowledgement of your payment and the validation of your planning application, and may also result in further payment requests.