Planning permission: a guide for business

Guidance for businesses on when planning permission is required, how to make a planning application, and what happens afterwards.

This publication was withdrawn on

Archived and replaced by the new planning practice guidance launched 6 March 2014 on an external website.

Applies to England


Planning permission: a guide for business

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This guide is not an authoritative interpretation of the law. If after reading this booklet you are still unclear how to proceed, you should ask the planning department of your council for advice.

Note: all references in the text to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) now refer to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Published 15 July 2005