Planning Advice & Services

Do you need planning permission?

The Planning Portal provides interactive guidance on when planning permission is required.

The Council will not be able to respond to enquiries as to whether your proposal is permitted development. If you wish to gain a formal decision as to whether planning permission is required then please submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

Pre-application advice 

If you know that your proposal requires planning permission then it is advisable that you obtain pre-application advice on the suitability of your proposal. This is a fee paid service. If you have a general enquiry not covered by this service then please email

The Council regrets to inform that because of current staff shortages, there are significant delays. Householder/category E enquiries are currently suspended until further notice. The Council sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

Applying for planning permission

** Fee payments for applications submitted via the Planning Portal are changing **

From 9am on Monday 10th  September 2018 all fees for applications submitted via the Planning Portal need to be paid directly to the Planning Portal – the Local Authority are no longer be able to take payments for planning portal applications.

To make payments direct to the Planning Portal please ring 03333 233 900

For further information regarding the change please contact or ring 0333 323 4589

The Council encourages the submission of online and electronic applications. You can download forms or apply on-line via the Planning Portal

To assist you with your submission the Council has produced a Local Validation List. The Local Validation List provides guidance about the level and type of information required to be submitted with a planning application. In addition, My Surrey Heath enables you to search for land constraints.

Viability assessments

Consistent with government policy Surrey Heath will make a viability assessment publicly available other than in exceptional circumstances. Even in those circumstances an executive summary should be made publicly available.

Information used need not contain commercially sensitive data. In circumstances where it is deemed that specific details of an assessment are commercially sensitive, the information should be aggregated in published viability assessments and executive summaries, and included as part of total costs figures.

When an exemption from publication is sought the Planning Authority requires full justification as to why the information is commercially sensitive. For example, information relating to negotiations, such as ongoing negotiations over land purchase, and information relating to compensation that may be due to individuals, such as right to light compensation. The aggregated information should be clearly set out to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority.

Any sensitive personal information will not be made public.

​Comment / Object to a Planning Application

(You will need the planning application number. If you don't have it, please use the search first and make a note of the number) 

Planning Enforcement

If you want to report a breach of planning please complete the on-line Enforcement Questionnaire.

Further advice