Apply for planning permission

You can apply online for a number of different types of planning permission including full planning permission, outline planning permission, a change of use of land or buildings, confirmation of compliance with conditions and applications for a non-material amendment.

Details of fees can be accessed via the links below.

You can apply online using the Planning Portal.


It is important that you provide accurate drawings with sufficient detail to illustrate your proposal. These must be to a recognisable metric scale.

There are requirements for what must be submitted as part of a planning application. These are set out in the council's adopted validation checklist which is available to download below.


There are different forms for different types of development. It is important that you choose the correct form and fully complete all the sections that are relevant to you. Application forms are available online via the Planning Portal, but please check with us if you are not sure which form to use.

For forms on pre-application and house extension and change of use prior approvals, visit our pre-application advice page.


The decision to charge for planning applications has been made by Parliament and therefore the scale of fees is the same throughout England and Wales. Following the introduction of new regulations, from 17 January 2018 Salford City Council is applying a 20% increase on those fees. The fee should be paid when you submit your application. Payment can be made by crossed cheque, payable to Salford City Council or over the telephone on 0161 779 6195.

You can calculate the fee of your planning application using the fee calculator available on the Planning Portal.

Validation checklist

The validation checklist is a guide designed to help developers, applicants and individuals identify information required to be submitted in support of a planning application.

New requirements to provide fire statements and to consult the HSE for high rise development come into force from 1 August 2021. For more information see the fire safety and planning page on the HSE website.

The validation checklist explains how to challenge a request for additional information if you consider the request(s) to be unreasonable or unnecessary. We will strive to work with applicants and developers to ensure we only request information that is needed, ie material to the decision to be made.

Salford City Council has reviewed its validation checklist to bring it up to date and in line with changes to national and local planning policies that have taken place since the current 2013 validation checklist was adopted.

Validation checklist

Below you can also download the planning obligations pro forma statement and VU.CITY guidance note.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

Who to contact

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This page was last updated on 23 July 2021

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