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Durham County Council

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Submit an application


How to submit and pay for planning applications in County Durham.

You must pay the fee when you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until we have received the correct fee. 

Submit a planning application online

You can submit your planning application online by registering with either the Planning Portal or with the iApply website. Choose which provider you wish to use - it makes no difference to the way we deal with your application.

Benefits of applying online

More than 60% of all planning applications are now made online.

  • It's quick, easy to use and available 24/7.
  • Complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay for your fees all in one place.
  • Work on your applications in draft before submission.
  • Receive immediate delivery and acknowledgement of your application.
  • Save on postage and printing costs.
  • Have an online record of your completed applications.

Applying by post or in person

Download the relevant application forms from Planning Portal: application forms.

Contact us to return completed forms, any supporting information and cheques. Cheques should be made out to 'Durham County Council'. You can also contact us to make a payment  by phone with your planning application reference and card payment details.

Completed applications and cheque payments can also be made at County Hall or any Customer Access Point across the county. 

Planning application fees

Need help calculating your fees? The Planning Portal: fee calculator can help you by working out the cost of any particular planning application.

You must pay the fee when you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until we have received the correct fee. 

What do you need to submit with your application?

General advice about what to submit with your application can be found on the Planning Portal website. In addition, we've also set out some specific documentation which will be required for applications submitted in the County Durham area in our validation checklist (PDF, 569kb)

Help and further information

For further information or assistance in the submission of applications, please contact us.