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Planning and building

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Find planning applications and decisions

View the status of, object to, and comment on planning applications, decisions and appeals. Register to get updates as an application or appeal progresses. Also view building applications.

Do you need planning permission or building regulation approval? icon

Do you need planning permission or building regulation approval?

You can make certain minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called 'permitted development rights'.

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Apply for building regulations

Make a building regulations application.

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Apply for planning permission

Find out if you need permission, what sort, and how to apply.

Pre-application planning advice and
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Pre-application planning advice and charges

To help you with your planning application you can contact us for pre-application discussions.

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Book a building inspection

Notify us at certain stages of the building work so we can inspect the work to check it complies before you continue building.

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Help with meeting building regulations

Approved documents and simple guides to help you meet building regulations.

How we decide on planning
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How we decide on planning applications

A step-by-step guide to the process after an application has been submitted. 

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Investigate planning breaches

Sometimes work is started without relevant permission or consent. We can investigate these cases and take action where clear harm is being caused.

Appeal a planning decision icon

Find out how to appeal against a planning decision and take part in the appeal process.

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Apply to demolish a building

Make an application and read about what you'll need to do. 

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Report a dangerous building

If you think a building is dangerous report it and find out what happens next.

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Local planning policy

Information on local planning policies and guidance.

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Heritage and conservation

Find out about the borough's heritage and conservation projects and apply for listed building consent and planning permission in conservation areas.

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Tree preservation orders

Apply for works to a tree or search for tree preservation orders.

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Register your interest in self or custom​ bui​ld

Self or custom build is where you're directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new property

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Brownfield land register

Find suitable brownfield sites that are available for development.


Technical issues

We've identified some issues with the planning applications software and are working with the supplier to resolve these. In the interim we've identified ways to allow you to still complete your task and apologise in advance for it not being as easy as it could be.

Regenerating the borough

Find out about the improvements we're making to the borough.


Street Eat
26 May 2018
11am-9pm on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, English, German and more.
EqualiTeas – Celebrating 90 years of voting equality
20 June 2018
Join us for a special evening, celebrating 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over the age of 21 the equal right to vote.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
18 August 2018
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre. There will be live music, a quality food court and family entertainment.
Rochdale manufacturing excellence
Rochdale - big ambitions