Make a planning application

Types of submissions

We deal with planning applications for:

  • the management of waste
  • the extraction of minerals and related development
  • the extraction of onshore oil and gas and related development
  • our own developments (known as Regulation 3), such as schools and libraries

For housing, industrial or commercial developments, contact your district or borough council.

Your data

We may publish the information you provide to us as part of the planning process online.

To find out how we use your data, read our privacy notice.

Validation requirements

Before you submit your application, you must :

You must ensure that all plans, information, and photographs you submit:

  • are PDF files, no larger than 10mb
  • include the print paper size and relevant scale (for example, A3 at 1:200)
  • include key dimensions
  • are on A3 or A4 paper, where appropriate
  • are uploaded in the correct orientation

Application fees

You can find guidance about planning application fees on GOV.uk.

To find out how much your application will cost, use the Planning Portal fee calculator.

If in doubt, please contact us. We cannot progress your application until we have received the correct fee.

If you need our bank details, email [email protected].

Cheque payments must be made payable to Lincolnshire County Council.

All applications which do not meet these requirements are invalid.

Request pre-application advice

Before you submit your application, we encourage you to contact us for advice. We would like to help you to:

  • identify any potential issues early
  • verify local requirements and check you have all the information
  • reduce the risk of submitting an invalid application
  • understand how planning policies affect your proposal
  • ensure the application is processed efficiently

How to make a request

Before you make a request, you can view our pre-application advice fees for the category of development.

To request pre-application advice, you must complete the online form and make the correct payment.

The information you provide will help us to deliver a more tailored response. We will need:

  • a plan which clearly identifies the site, if possible, including the address
  • a description of the proposed use or development
  • the size, scale and nature of the proposed use
  • details of measures to mitigate any impact of your proposal
  • details of any engagement with the local community

You should upload all supporting documents and plans to the form.

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What we will do

We will send an email confirmation that we have received your form within a few minutes. If this does not arrive, please check your spam or junk folder.

Within seven working days, we will email you to confirm that:

  • the fee you have paid is correct, or 
  • whether you have an amount outstanding to pay

Once we accept your request, a case officer will contact you to discuss it within a further five working days.

They will make arrangements for a site or office meeting where one is offered as part of the service. The timescale will depend on: 

  • the complexity of the proposal
  • the amount of preparation work needed 
  • the availability of any specialist advice, if needed

If no meeting is required, the case officer will confirm the timescale for issuing their written advice.

What will our advice contain?

Our advice will highlight any issues that you must consider as part of the planning application process. We will base it on the information you provide and our discussions.

While every proposal is different, our advice will cover:

  • the information that you must submit with your application (for example, the correct application forms, site location, technical plans and any other supporting information)
  • informal advice on the planning merits of the proposal, including whether the proposal is acceptable or not
  • details of the relevant planning history of the site
  • a summary of planning policies (national and development plan) or guidance relevant to the proposal
  • details of any statutory designations relevant to the site and surrounding area and planning constraints to development

Once we have all the information, we will provide advice for:

  • significant, large and medium developments within 28 days
  • smaller developments within 14 days 

Pre-application advice fees

Pre-application advice fees

Category of development Level of advice Fees
Significant Site meeting and written advice (up to 10 hours) £770 (+ VAT £924)
Large Site meeting and written advice (up to 8 hours) £660 (+ VAT £792)
Medium Site meeting and written advice (up to 6 hours) £550 (+ VAT £660)
Small Written advice only (up to 4 hours) £310 (+ VAT £372)
Other Written advice only Free

Categories of development

Significant

  • All new quarries, oil and gas sites or landfill sites
  • Any change or extension to an existing quarry, oil and gas site or landfill site where extraction or disposal exceeds 50,000 tonnes per annum or sites over five hectares
  • All new waste management facilities processing in excess of 50,000 tonnes per annum or any change or extension to an existing facility of five hectares or more
  • Any development involving the creation or change of use of 2,000sq m or more floorspace or sites over five hectares
  • Any hazardous waste management facility processing over 5,000 tonnes per annum

Large

  • Any change or extension to an existing quarry, oil and gas site or landfill site where extraction or disposal is between 25,000 and 50,000 tonnes per annum or sites over two hectares (but less than five hectares)
  • All new waste management facilities processing between 25,000 and 50,000 tonnes per annum or any change or extension to an existing facility on sites over two hectares (but less than five hectares)
  • Any development involving the creation or change of use of between 1,000sqm  and 2,000sq m or more floor space or sites in excess of two hectares (but less than five hectares)

Medium

  • Any change or extension to an existing quarry, oil and gas site or landfill site where  extraction or disposal is between 5,000 and 25,000 tonnes per annum or sites over one hectare (but less than two hectares)
  • All new waste management facilities processing between 5,000 and 25,000 tonnes per annum or any change or extension to an existing facility on sites over one hectare (but less than two hectares)
  • Any development involving the creation or change of use of floorspace between 500sq m and 1,000sq m or sites over one hectare (but less than two hectares)

Small

  • Any minerals and waste development not falling within the significant, large or medium categories
  • Any development involving the creation or change of use of floorspace less than 500sq m or sites less than one hectare

Other

  • Confirmation as to whether or not planning permission is required
  • Any proposal for which there is no planning fee (for example, listed building consent)
  • Any proposal relating to the needs of people with disabilities

How to apply

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government encourages you to submit all planning applications online.

If you cannot do this, contact us to let us know to expect a paper application. This will help to avoid a delay in the processing of your application.

Use the planning portal

You cannot submit some applications online. For these, download the relevant form:

Email your completed form, along with supporting documents, to [email protected].

For all other prior approval requests, use the planning portal.

Decisions and appeals

Most decisions about applications are made by our planning officers.

Large or controversial applications are dealt with by the Planning and Regulation Committee.

The timescales for issuing decisions are:

  • 8 weeks for minor applications
  • 13 weeks for major applications, including minerals and waste 
  • 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an environmental statement

We will contact the applicant or your agent if we need to agree more time.

All decisions will take into account planning legislation, national and local planning policies and all comments. 

Appeals

Only the applicant has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find more information about planning appeals on GOV.uk.