Applying for Permission

Site visits will be carried out with minimal or no contact with the Applicant and Agent on the day, although a prior telephone call may happen to ensure that safe access to the application site can be gained either by public land or using side gates for example.  Access inside applicants homes or business premises will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and we ask the applicant and all members of the public to maintain the appropriate social distancing measures as laid out by the Government.
The Case Officer will undertake a risk assessment when arriving at each site and if for any reason they do not feel comfortable visiting the site at that time, Officers will plan to visit the site again at a later date.  This may result in a delay in the Council being able to determine the application.  The Case officer for each application will contact applicants individually in this respect and we trust that applicants and agents will work with the Council and be cooperative with this approach.
Once again we apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause and ask you to bear with us - we are doing everything in our powers to ensure that disruption to our ability to issue planning decisions is minimised.

This section contains information that may be helpful if you are submitting a planning application. Before you submit a planning application we strongly recommend that you use our Pre-application Advice Service. Details of what you need to submit with your application can be found on the Validation Requirements section.

For information on fees, please see the Planning Fees/How to pay section. When a planning application has been made invalid and additional information has been requested but not received within the time frame given (usually 21 days), the application will be returned by post and an administration fee deducted from the planning fee refund. More information on this can be found on the Invalid Applications section.

As part of your application you may need to serve notice on individuals, if Certificate B or C is completed and Owners are known please use Notice 1 (pdf).  If however you are submitting a householder application please use the Householder notice (pdf).  If Certificate C or D is completed and the owners are unknown please complete Notice 2 (pdf) and publish in the local paper.

Submitting an application

We strongly recommend that you submit your application online using the Planning Portal website. All of the information and guidance that you will need to submit your application is available there.

You can also download the application forms and return your application by post to: Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE

Paper Forms

There are a number of application types that are not available using the online pickers above and you can access these forms using the link below: 

The following application types are not available to download through the Planning Portal and the forms can be downloaded below:

Additional Environmental Approval to extend implementation date

To extend the implementation date of unimplemented lapsed planning permissions, please see our Additional Environmental Approval to extend implementation date page for more information

Temporary extension to Construction Industry Working Hours

To temporarily extend the construction hours on building sites, please see our Coronavirus - Construction Industry Working Hours page for more information

Deemed Consent Notification

To take advantage of the Deemed Discharge Procedure it is necessary for an Applicant to submit a Deemed Discharge Notice to the Local Authority. Such Notice can be served 6 weeks after receipt of the Condition Discharge Application by the Local Authority. This notification can only be used for consents granted after the 15 April 2015

Temporary (Flexible) Change of Use Notification

Application form to notify the Local Planning Authority of the intent to implement temporary 3 year change of use under Class D of Part 4 of Schedule 2 (Temporary Buildings and Uses) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England) Order 2015

Modification or Discharge of a Planning Obligation

Planning obligations can be renegotiated at any point, where the local planning authority and developer wish to do so. Where there is no agreement to voluntarily renegotiate, and the planning obligation predates April 2010 or is over 5 years old, an application may be made to the local planning authority to change the obligation where it “no longer serves a useful purpose” or "would continue to serve a useful purpose in a modified way".