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Apply for business planning permission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Find out if you need planning permission, how to apply or get advice. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Check if you need business planning permission

Most commercial development requires planning permission if the development involves building, engineering, mining or changing the use of land or buildings.

Certain types of minor changes are permitted without needing to apply for planning permission. The legislation can be very complicated. In some cases, you may also require building regulation approval.

How to apply for business planning permission

You can make applications for: 

  • Full planning permission by submitting detailed plans.
  • Outline planning permission to establish the principle of the development. This allows you to provide more detailed information later in the planning process.
  • Advertisement consent.

Please use the relevant checklist to ensure your planning application is complete prior to submitting it. Any application which does not provide all the required details cannot be processed. 

​Learn how to apply and submit your application​​

Get advice before applying

If you'd like some advice or help with your application, you can contact us before you apply. We can advise you on what information you'll need to provide for us to validate your application, plans and drawings.

Site visits for planning permission applications

If a site visit is required:

  • We'll ask you if anyone on the site has tested positive for COVID-19, has symptoms or is self-isolating. If this is the case, we won't visit.
  • We'll contact you or your agent to let you know what day we'll visit your site. Unfortunately, we can't give you a specific time as our planning officers visit several sites every day.
  • Please stay indoors during the site visit but leave any gates unlocked so the planning officer has full external access without having to knock on your door. If you live in a terraced house, the officer will, if possible, gain access from the rear.
  • Please don't talk to the planning officer during your site visit unless it's essential. If it is essential, you should follow social distancing guidelines at all times.

Help with full planning applications

​How to pay fees​​

Ring us on 0170​6 924327 to make a building control new application payment, you'll need to give the address of the property the fees relate to. You can pay by Visa, Mastercar​d, Solo, Visa Delta, Visa Electron and Maestro. Or ​you can pay by cheque or cash at Number One Riverside. Please note credit card payments will include a 1.75% administration charge.


0300 303 8873

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Planning and Development
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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