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Making an application



Pre-application advice service

Our pre-application advice services and charges are explained in the following document.

To provide advice we will need to know about Who; What; Where; When and How. For example:

  • Who –the name and contact details of the developer and / or the agent;
  • What –the general nature of the development; the intended use of land or buildings; the type of mineral / waste operations; the type and quantities of minerals or waste; the type of buildings; the steps to be taken when preparing your planning application e.g. background surveys (traffic, noise, ecology and trees) and consultations with consultees and the local community;
  • Where –the location of the site (a location plan); a site layout plan to show the access and where the main activities would be / are being carried out / where buildings would be / have been erected etc;
  • When – when would the development be carried out and how long would it continue (permanent or temporary); or, when did the development you are seeking to regularise commence;
  • How – how would the development be carried out during the site preparation and construction phase and during the operational phase; the operating hours; the traffic movements; the potential emissions from the site and methods to manage those emissions (if applicable) e.g. noise, dust, water, odours etc.

Please send your request for advice, indicating which service you require to planning@staffordshire.gov.uk

A cheque made payable to 'Staffordshire County Council' or a payment by debit/credit card made by telephone to 01785 895321 should be paid when submitting your request for advice, or when requesting further detailed advice.

Note: we will not provide advice until the correct payment has been made.

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Application forms

Waste application form

The standard waste application form is available from the Planning Portal.

Alternatively you can download pdf versions of the application forms from the Planning Portal - paper forms and post or email them to us (see form for our postal address / email to planning@staffordshire.gov.uk).

If all else fails, send an email with details about what you are applying for to planning@staffordshire.gov.uk and we will arrange to email the relevant form to you.

Minerals application form

As the Planning Portal does not currently provide a standard minerals application form (other than for oil and gas development - see below) you should use the following form and certificates. 

Onshore oil and gas extraction form

An application form and guidance for development relating to the onshore extraction of oil and gas are now available from the Planning Portal - paper forms.

Section 106 Legal Agreement - application form to modify or discharge

The application form, guidance, notice and certificates required when applying to modify or discharge a Section 106 Legal Agreement in connection with a planning permission issued by us. These documents are not available from the National Planning Portal so we provide our own.

Public Notice - mineral development applications

The following notice should be used by applicants for mineral development to give to any person (other than the applicant) who on the 'prescribed date' (21 days before the date of the application) is an owner of the land to which the application relates, or a tenant (a tenant of an agricultural holding) - either by serving the notice, or having taken reasonable steps to ascertain the name(s) and address(es) but is unable to do so, by advertising in the local press after the prescribed date (ref. Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(England) Order 2015 - Part 3, Article 13 (1)). Further steps are required if the application involves underground mineral working (ref. Part 3, Articles (2) and (3)).

Application fees

New fees come into effect on 17 January 2018.

The Government provides guidance on fees for planning applications and the Planning Portal provides a fee calculator and fee guidance which will help you to work out the correct application fee.

You will need to pay the fee when submitting your application either by cheque made payable to 'Staffordshire County Council' or by debit/credit card - telephone: 01785 895321.

If in doubt please contact us as we will not progress your application until we have received the correct fee.

Validation requirements

It is essential that applicants take account of the validation requirements and information in our 'A to Z Guide' and use the relevant 'Validation Checklist' below when preparing to submit a planning application to us as applications that do not meet the requirements will be treated as invalid.

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