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How to submit an application

Please note that from 5 March 2018, planning's public access system which allows you to search for planning applications online will be undergoing planned maintenance. For more information and further dates you can read our news article.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is submitted correctly. However, we are always pleased to assist in completing the forms and giving advice. Ordnance Survey extracts are available to purchase on request, or you can provide your own*. There is a fee payable for most forms of application.

* note there are strict guidelines to meet when providing your own map extract.

Important - please include a Scale Bar on all plans included in your application. The planning portal includes best practice advice about maps and plans for planning applications.

All planning applications must be submitted using standard forms. There are two ways to do this:

Online application

It is now possible for you to complete an on-line planning application to this authority using the Planning Portal application forms. The step-by-step process will guide you through the application form and help you with calculations, such as the fee required. This allows the completion of forms on-line together with the attachment of drawings and plans.

At the moment, over 40% of our applications are made on line. Registration is easy and the benefits of applying online include:

National requirements and local requirements

Applications submitted using the new national standard application forms must include all of the information and documents specified on the form and the appropriate 'Validation Checklist' i.e. the national requirements and local requirements.

For further advice as to what to submit with a planning application, please refer to the council's validation information (PDF 467kb) and guidance notes.

Paper based application

Application fees

To pay a fee, you can:

You can also make a payment of fees online via the Planning Portal automatically at the end of any application process.

Paying by cheque

To pay by cheque, please address the cheque to:

Mid Kent Planning Support (MKPS)
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone, ME15 6JQ

Please make sure the cheque is made payable to Swale Borough Council.

Applications submitted using the new national standard application forms must include all of the information and documents specified on the form and the appropriate 'Validation Checklist' i.e. the national requirements and local requirements.

Design and access statements

What is a design and access statement?

What information should be contained within a Design and Access statement?

Heritage Impact Assessments

What is a heritage asset?

A building, monument, site, place, area or landscape positively identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions. Heritage assets are the valued components of the historic environment. They include designated assets and assets identified by the local planning authority during the process of decision making or through the plan making process.

When is a Heritage Impact Assessment required to validate an application?

Applications affecting heritage assets or their settings should be accompanied by an assessment of significance and impact in line with Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the historic environment.

A Heritage Impact Assessment is needed for any application that directly affects a heritage asset or its setting.

Street Naming and Numbering

If any proposed development results in changes to any postal address or addresses on the site you should contact the Street Naming and Numbering section. Failure to do so can result in delays to conveyancing, the connection of services or the initiation of postal deliveries

Please note, planning applications are public documents and all information contained in them will be placed on deposit for public inspection both in the council offices and on a web site.

Planning Service

If you have any questions, the team can be contacted by email.

Completed planning application forms should be returned to:

Mid Kent Planning Support (MKPS)
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone, ME15 6JQ

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