Manchester City Council

Planning & regeneration Planning permission

Apply for planning permission

The best way to apply is online through the government’s Planning website, the Planning Portal. You can complete the form, attach your documents and pay.

Before you apply, have you:

There's lots more information on how to apply on the Planning Portal website.

What happens next?

Your application comes back to us to decide if you can go ahead. We'll look at how it affects the local area, the environment and other people.

We will usually tell you our decision within eight weeks. The time limit for large or complex applications is 13 weeks.

Paper application forms

If you cannot submit online, you can download and print a paper form from the Planning Portal. You can then complete this and send it into us. 

Some forms are not yet available via the link above, these can be found below:  

Permitted Development - Larger householder extensions Form

Prior Approval - Change of use office to dwelling form

Prior Approval for Change of use from shop/bank to dwelling form

Prior Approval - Change of use to Use Class D1 (State Funded School/Nursery)

Prior Approval - Change of use Storage or Distribution Buildings (Class B8) to Dwellinghouses (Class C3)

Prior Approval - Change of use from Amusement Arcades/Centres & Casinos (Sui Generis Uses) to Dwellinghouses (Class C3)

Prior Approval - Change of use from Shops (Class A1)/Financial & Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops and Casinos (Sui Generis Uses) to Restaurants and Cafés (Class A3)

Prior Approval - Change of use from Shops (Class A1)/Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops (Sui Generis Uses) to Assembly and Leisure Uses (Class D2)

Prior Approval - Erection or Construction of a Collection Facility within the Curtilage of a Shop

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