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, which can be downloaded below, is a document designed to help developers, applicants and individuals identify information required to be submitted in support of a planning application.

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.

The consultation draft validation checklist; summary report of the suggested changes; consultation draft planning obligations pro forma statement and consultation draft VU.CITY guidance note can be downloaded below. We would welcome any comments you may have on the suggested changes and consultation draft documents.

Responses should be sent via email to and should be received by 28 September 2020. Please include the reference ‘Validation checklist’ in the email subject field.

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This page was last updated on 1 September 2020

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