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Find out about the planning process, Colchester's planning policy and the Council's Building Control Service.

Magnifying Glass Icon View or Comment On Planning Applications & Appeals Search and comment on current planning applications as well as viewing or downloading weekly lists of applications and decisions. House with Tick Icon Apply for planning permission Submit your application online using the Planning Portal or download a national standard application form. Hard Hat Icon Building Control Information including fees, application forms, regulations, homeowner guides and much more. Information Icon Planning Enforcement The Planning Enforcement Team investigate possible breaches of planning control and aims to resolve these using the most appropriate means or action. Information Icon Pre-application Advice Pre-application advice and information for individuals, developers and agents. Rosette Icon Development & Regeneration Find information on Colchester's major developments and other information relating to development & regeneration in the area. Also find guidance on Landscape and trees. Paper with Writing Icon Planning Policy The Council is responsible for producing Colchester's Local Plan, which guides the future growth and development of the Borough. The existing Local Plan documents are available to view below. The Planning Policy Team is currently in the early stages of producing a new Local Plan for the Borough and information on this process will be made available, as work progresses. Colchester's Annual Monitoring Report is published annually to provide information on how the Council's policies are performing over time and this can also be found under this section of the website. Public consultation is a key part of the Planning Policy Team's work and a range of documents are regularly published for consultation, including Neighbourhood Plans. When a document is subject to public consultation, it can be accessed below, via the 'Current Planning Consultations' page. Speech Bubbles Icon Planning Committee The Planning Committee deals with planning applications, planning enforcement, public rights of way and certain highway matters. Scroll Icon Local Land Charges The Council has a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an accurate and up-to-date Local Land Charges register.