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Do I need planning permission?

Step 1: is the site in Bedford Borough Council area?  

Check the Bedford parish map (PDF)

Step 2: are the works permitted development?

Check what is permitted development on the interactive guides on the planning portal

For more information and assistance please also refer to the following:

Find out more about dropped kerbs.

Find out more about Householder development in conservation areas. (For more details on Heritage matters, Trees, Listed Buildings, Conservation area maps and Archaeology, see Step 3)

Permitted development rights can also be withdrawn on a property/site so this will need to be checked before starting any work, you can do this on the map search. You can get assistance from How to Guide 7.

Step 3: How to guides and other planning pages 

Please refer to the 'How to guides' for assistance with planning matters where you can also find planning application details, view documents, find use classes of buildings, conduct research and history searches from 1948 to date.

How to Guide 6 page 5 gives advice on how to amend a determined application and also contains details on discharging conditions and our policy on personal data.

The list of links to the side of this page provide further details about planning matters including Heritage planning advice, Historic Environment (archaeology (sites and monuments), historic buildings and settlements and historic landscapes) or non-planning matters such as Building Control or Highways. Please also refer to the following:

Please note for a response from planning the form and the fee detailed in step 4 are required.

Step 4: submit a planning enquiry

There is no duty planning offer you can speak to over the phone. To obtain a response from planning you need to complete and submit the pre-application planning advice form which must be accompanied by:

An Ordnance Survey, to scale, location plan with the site outlined in red. This must not be a screen dump or copy from any website. Any other documentation or information to be supplied is detailed on the form.

A fee is charged for this pre-application planning advice. The list of fees and exemptions is shown below. Please note N/A on this list means the option is not available.

To pay please submit the fee online by using the e-form below, or call 01234 718068 during business hours detailed here or send a cheque to Bedford Borough Council quoting on the back the site address or e-form number provided after you submit.  

Please refer to the privacy notice on the e-form for details on personal data. You can also refer to How to Guide 6

Minerals and waste pre-application enquiries

The minerals and waste planning service is provided by a team based at Central Bedfordshire Council. All minerals and waste related enquiries should therefore be sent to:

Full details of the charging scheme are provided below: