Pre-Application Advice

Pre-Application Advice

Apply for professional advice before submitting a formal planning application.

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Pre-Application Advice

Apply for professional advice before submitting a formal planning application.

Certificate of Lawfulness

Certificate of Lawfulness

If your unsure if you need planning permission, we'll provide you with an official "Yes...

If your unsure if you need planning permission, we'll provide you w...

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Certificate of Lawfulness

If your unsure if you need planning permission, we'll provide you with an official "Yes" or "No".

Planning Permission

Planning Permission

Choose the type of permission you need and submit your application.

Choose the type of permission you need and submit your application.

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Planning Permission

Choose the type of permission you need and submit your application.

Listed Building Consent

Listed Building Consent

If your property is a listed building you will require consent to carry out works. Appl...

If your property is a listed building you will require consent to c...

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Listed Building Consent

If your property is a listed building you will require consent to carry out works. Apply here.

Tree Works Consent

Tree Works Consent

If you would like to carry out works to a tree that is protected by a Tree Preservation...

If you would like to carry out works to a tree that is protected by...

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Tree Works Consent

If you would like to carry out works to a tree that is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) then you will need to apply for consent here.

Advertisement Consent

Advertisement Consent

For temporary notices up to 0.6 square metres as well as other small notices going up o...

For temporary notices up to 0.6 square metres as well as other smal...

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Advertisement Consent

For temporary notices up to 0.6 square metres as well as other small notices going up outside your property. It is advised that you check the advice on the Planning Portal before you proceed.

Planning Performance Agreement

Planning Performance Agreement

Large, more complex planning applications are handled through a Planning Performance Ag...

Large, more complex planning applications are handled through a Pla...

If you are offered a PPA, download the template to help with the project.

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Planning Performance Agreement

Large, more complex planning applications are handled through a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA).

Heads of Terms

Heads of Terms

For planning permission to be approved for major developments, heads of terms must be s...

For planning permission to be approved for major developments, head...

We recommend you submit a Heads of Terms with any pre-application or planning application

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Heads of Terms

For planning permission to be approved for major developments, heads of terms must be set out

Landscape Consultancy

Landscape Consultancy

Our guidelines should be followed when drawing up landscape proposals for development s...

Our guidelines should be followed when drawing up landscape proposa...

Once landscape proposals for a large development have been drawn up, apply under "Discharge (Approval) of Conditions".

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Landscape Consultancy

Our guidelines should be followed when drawing up landscape proposals for development sites at either the application stage or when required under a condition.

Archaeology Advice and Historic Environment Record

Archaeology Advice and Historic Environment Record

Building projects that affect scheduled monuments require special consent and planning ...

Building projects that affect scheduled monuments require special c...

We provide a brief for each stage of the archaeological investigation and use a database to identify and assess sites at risk of damage

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Archaeology Advice and Historic Environment Record

Building projects that affect scheduled monuments require special consent and planning permission.

Building Control Approval

Building Control Approval

Building work requires Building Control Approval and you're responsible for making sure...

Building work requires Building Control Approval and you're respons...

Our aim is to help you achieve compliance with Building Regulations whilst maintaining your original design.

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Building Control Approval

Building work requires Building Control Approval and you're responsible for making sure that your building project complies with Building Regulations.

Competent Person Certificate Register

Competent Person Certificate Register

A competent person can self-certify certain types of building work if you work in the b...

A competent person can self-certify certain types of building work ...

View records of Building Control Competent Persons Certificates held by us in the past 15 years.

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Competent Person Certificate Register

A competent person can self-certify certain types of building work if you work in the building trade

Report Dangerous Structure

Report Dangerous Structure

Let us know about the safety of any structure like a building, wall, fence or loose roo...

Let us know about the safety of any structure like a building, wall...

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Report Dangerous Structure

Let us know about the safety of any structure like a building, wall, fence or loose roof tiles.

Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires us to keep a register of indi...

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires us to kee...

Email: building.control@colchester.gov.uk

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Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires us to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the Borough.

Report a Breach of Planning Permission

Report a Problem

Report an enforcement breach of planning permission.

Report an enforcement breach of planning permission.

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Report a Breach of Planning Permission

Report an enforcement breach of planning permission.

Street Naming and Numbering

Street Naming and Numbering

You can change an existing address or create an address for a new property.

You can change an existing address or create an address for a new p...

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Street Naming and Numbering

You can change an existing address or create an address for a new property.

Street Name Plates

Street Name Plates

It's the responsibility of the developer to install new street name plates on new devel...

It's the responsibility of the developer to install new street name...

After this, we take responsibility. Apply now.

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Street Name Plates

It's the responsibility of the developer to install new street name plates on new developments before they leave site and maintain them for the first year.

Local Land Charge - LLC1

Local Land Charge - LLC1

Deals with entries that have been registered in the Local Land Charges Register i.e. Re...

Deals with entries that have been registered in the Local Land Char...

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Local Land Charge - LLC1

Deals with entries that have been registered in the Local Land Charges Register i.e. Renovation Grants, Tree Preservation Orders, Conditional Planning Permissions or Financial Charges.

Local Land Charge - CON29 "R"

Local Land Charge - CON29 R

A standard set of enquires used to find out other information recorded against a proper...

A standard set of enquires used to find out other information recor...

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Local Land Charge - CON29 "R"

A standard set of enquires used to find out other information recorded against a property or land i.e. planning history, roadways and environmental matters.

Local Land Charge - Personal Search

Local Land Charge - Personal Search

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 give you access rights to environm...

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 give you acces...

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Local Land Charge - Personal Search

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 give you access rights to environmental information held by a public authority.

Request a new TPO

Request a new TPO

Tree Preservation Orders can only be used to protect selected trees and woodlands if th...

Tree Preservation Orders can only be used to protect selected trees...

If you think a tree qualifies, you can apply to have it considered for protection.

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Request a new TPO

Tree Preservation Orders can only be used to protect selected trees and woodlands if their removal would have a significant impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public.

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Appeal a benefit award decision (Reconsideration form)

If you do not agree with a decision we have made regarding your benefit award, please complete this form.

Appeal a benefit award decision (Reconsideration form)

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If you do not agree with a decision w...

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Apply for a Charity Exemption

If a property is owned by a charity it can be exempt from Council Tax for up to 6 months

Apply for a Charity Exemption

Apply for a Charity Exemption

If a property is owned by a charity i...

If a property is owned by a charity i...

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Apply for a Disability Reduction

We can reduce your Council Tax if at least one person living in your home or property has a disability.

Apply for a Disability Reduction

Apply for a Disability Reduction

We can reduce your Council Tax if at...

We can reduce your Council Tax if at...

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Apply for a Private Hire Operator's License

Download the application form for a Private Hire operator's license here.

Apply for a Private Hire Operator's License

Apply for a Private Hire Operato...

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Download the application form for a P...

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Apply for a Private Hire Vehicle License

Download the application form for a Private Hire vehicle license here.

Apply for a Private Hire Vehicle License

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Download the application form for a P...

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Apply for a Road Closure

If you are organising your own march, procession, parade or street party then you will need to apply for a road closure. Read more information here.

Apply for a Road Closure

Apply for a Road Closure

If you are organising your own march,...

If you are organising your own march,...

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Apply for a Single Person Discount

We can offer a 25% discount if you live alone, or if other people living with you do not count for Council Tax purposes.

Apply for a Single Person Discount

Apply for a Single Person Discount

We can offer a 25% discount if you li...

We can offer a 25% discount if you li...

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Apply for a Student or Trainee Exemption/Discount

If you are a student, trainee or apprentice you will probably qualify for an exemption or reduction of your Council Tax.

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If you are a student, trainee or appr...

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Apply for a Taxi Driver's License

Download the application pack, including the medical examination form, for a taxi driver's license to drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles.

Apply for a Taxi Driver's License

Apply for a Taxi Driver's License

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Download the application pack, includ...

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Apply for an Annexe Discount

Some annexes may qualify for a 50% discount.

Apply for an Annexe Discount

Apply for an Annexe Discount

Some annexes may qualify for a 50% di...

Some annexes may qualify for a 50% di...

Apply for Assisted Gardening

If you are unable to maintain your garden, we provide a grass and hedge cutting service to help you out.

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Apply for Assisted Gardening

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If you are unable to maintain your ga...

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Apply for Discretionary Housing Benefit

Each year we receive a limited amount of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding for customers in need of some additional help with housing costs.

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Each year we receive a limited amount...

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Apply for Housing

Register for the Gateway to Homechoice Housing Register.

Apply for Housing

Apply for Housing

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Register for the Gateway to Homechoic...

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Apply for Housing Benefit

Find out if you are entitled to Housing Benefit by using the online calculator and make a claim.

Apply for Housing Benefit

Apply for Housing Benefit

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Find out if you are entitled to Housi...

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Apply for Local Council Tax Support

Find out if you are entitled to Local Council Tax Support by using the online calculator and make a claim.

Apply for Local Council Tax Support

Apply for Local Council Tax Support

Find out if you are entitled to Local...

Find out if you are entitled to Local...

Apply for Assisted Collection

Apply for help with your recycling and rubbish collections.

Apply for Assisted Collection

Assisted collections application

Apply for help with your recycling an...

Apply for help with your recycling an...

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Business Rates Relief

Apply for rate relief including Discretionary Rate Relief, Empty Property, Mandatory Charitable Relief and Small Business Rates

Business Rates Relief

Business Rates

Apply for rate relief including Discr...

Apply for rate relief including Discr...

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Change of Operator

Download the application form to transfer an operator's license to another name.

Change of Operator

Change of Operator

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Download the application form to tran...

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Change of Owner - Hackney Carriage vehicle

Download the application form to transfer a Hackney Carriage vehicle license to another name.

Change of Owner - Hackney Carriage vehicle

Change of Owner - Hackney Carria...

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Download the application form to tran...

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Change of Owner - Private Hire Vehicle

Download the application form to transfer a Private Hire vehicle license to another name.

Change of Owner - Private Hire Vehicle

Change of Owner - Private Hire V...

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Download the application form to tran...

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Direct Payment Form

Benefit payments are usually paid directly to the claimant but can be paid to the landlord under some circumstances.

Direct Payment Form

Direct Payment Form

Benefit payments are usually paid dir...

Benefit payments are usually paid dir...

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Disability Reduction - Severe Mental Impairment

A reduction in Council Tax may be applicable if a person/people are severely mentally impaired.

Disability Reduction - Severe Mental Impairment

Disability Reduction - Severe Me...

A reduction in Council Tax may be app...

A reduction in Council Tax may be app...

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Hackney Carriage - Change of vehicle

Download the form to provide us with the details of your new Hackney Carriage vehicle.

Hackney Carriage - Change of vehicle

Hackney Carriage - Change of veh...

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Inform us of your child care costs

If your child is 15 or under (or 16 or under with a disability) a partial deduction can be made from your income figure which is used to work out your Housing Benefit or LCTS.

Inform us of your child care costs

Inform us of your child care costs

If your child is 15 or under (or 16 o...

If your child is 15 or under (or 16 o...

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Litter Warriors

Join the fight to keep the Borough safe from litter.

Litter Warriors

Litter Warriors

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Join the fight to keep the Borough sa...

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My details have changed

It is important that you let us know if your details or circumstances change it may affect your entitlement to Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support.

My details have changed

My details have changed

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It is important that you let us know ...

Opt out of having a garden wheelie bin

If you are in a wheelie bin area you can opt out of having a garden bin. Please note that if you do this you will not receive a garden waste collection.

Opt out of having a garden wheelie bin

Opt out of having a garden wheel...

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If you are in a wheelie bin area you ...

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Private Hire - Change of vehicle

Download the form to provide us with the details of your new Private Hire vehicle.

Private Hire - Change of vehicle

Private Hire - Change of vehicle

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Download the form to provide us with ...

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Register or Change your Bank Details

Register or change your bank account details here.

Register or Change your Bank Details

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Return to your saved application

If you have started an application for Housing Benefit or LCTS and have saved it, you can return to it here.

Return to your saved application

Return to your saved HB or LCTS ...

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If you have started an application fo...

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Self Employed Earnings

If you're self employed and do not have audited accounts available from an accountant, this form will capture the necessary information the team needs to process your claim.

Self Employed Earnings

Self Employed Earnings

If you're self employed and do not ha...

If you're self employed and do not ha...

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Apply for Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits with a single monthly payment if you are out of work or on a low income.

Apply for Universal Credit

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit tha...

Universal Credit is a new benefit tha...

Rubbish Limit Exemption

We are limiting households to three black bags of household rubbish every fortnight. Apply for an exemption if you think that you will exceed the 3 bag limit.

Rubbish Limit Exemption

Waste limit exemption

We are limiting households to three b...

We are limiting households to three b...