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Application service

By only asking questions relevant to their project, our Application Service makes it simpler for residents and planning agents to request a Lawful Development Certificate. The service can be integrated with back office systems.


Our aim is to help residents and planning agents to submit high quality planning applications that are right first time. Our first live service is for Lawful Development Certificate submissions.


Our application service simplifies the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) legislation, and only requests information relevant to the project.

When answering questions about their project, residents and planning agents are shown rules related to permitted development rights.

Notable key features:

  • Everything the Guidance Service does
  • Document upload requests come with clear guidance to reduce invalid applications
  • Accepts payments and allows applicants to save and return to a live application
  • Planning teams can manage their own services, allowing quick updates when legislation changes.

Technical information

Our Guidance and Application services are built on PlanX so Officers can use a content management editor to collaboratively write and maintain services.

PlanX services are browser-based and users access them via your Council Website. Read full technical specifications.

Automated planning constraints checks are made by querying the National Planning Data Platform. The platform pulls through standardised data from council Geographic Information Systems (GIS), so that users know they are seeing reliable and assured data relevant to their property.

Using APIs, applications come through to our own Assessment Service, and to other existing back office planning systems.

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