The Planning Portal website provides a one-stop-shop for planning information and services online. You can also use this service to find out if you need planning permission and to help you prepare your application.
The Planning Portal guides you through the application process, with help available at each stage. You can save your work and return to it as you as you need to. When you submit an online application you get a reference number and Slough’s Development Control section receive an email notifying us of your application. The application will only be processed once we have received the required application fee.
There are national and local requirements for the submission of drawings and technical documents to accompany planning applications. Different types of planning applications require different kinds of background information in order for us to validate and process them. For more information see our forms and checklists page.
For a major application, which includes large numbers of drawings and/or supporting submissions, it may be necessary for you to provide additional paper copies. We will contact you if this is the case and will keep requests for these to a minimum, but we must also meet the needs of consultees and the public.
Please note that if you do not send all the information you need, your application may be deemed invalid.
Fees for considering planning applications are set nationally and depend on what you are applying for. Information on fees is available from the Planning Portal fee calculator. A downloadable list of fees can be accessed from this link
If you are applying for permission for development but you are not the owner of the property you need to complete a Certificate of Ownership form to notify the owner, and provide us with a copy as evidence this had been done.
The council has not implemented CIL. The council is keeping this under review, and any update will be provided on the Developer's guide and Community Infrastructure Levy page.
The most common reason for planning applications being rejected by local authorities is that the accompanying plans are invalid. Most planning applications require a location plan and a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as supporting documents.
We recommend buying your plans from one of the Planning Portal's accredited suppliers. They have been through a rigorous selection process to make sure that their maps meet the necessary standards, that their websites are easy to use and that they have good customer support in place should you need it. All of this means you are one step closer to submitting a valid application.
The council aim to process planning applications within the statutory period of 8 weeks for minor applications, 13 weeks for major applications and 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an environmental impact assessment.
This includes a three week consultation period in order to obtain comments from internal and external consultations, as well as your neighbours.
However, from time to time it might not be possible to meet these targets, due to increased application numbers and varying resource availability. Please contact the Planning Officer for an update on the progress of your application.
More information on the process can be found here:
You can appeal online using the guidance and forms on the appeals section of the Government website.