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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 in

Guide 12: how to check for permitted development (PDF)

Find out what to do for development in conservation areas

Permitted development rights can also be withdrawn on a property/site so this will need to be checked before starting any work, you can do this on the map search.  

Find out more about dropped kerbs.

Step 3: refer to Guide 6 

Page 5 in Guide 6 gives advice on how to amend a determined application. Page 2 provides our policy on personal data.               

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: