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How to apply

How to apply

Before submitting your application, discuss your proposal with your neighbours and get advice from us.

Please be aware due to ongoing technical difficulties with the new system, validation processes may be affected. In the meantime, please email any application queries to our Case Management Team planning.validation@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

Before you apply

Check if you need planning permission

Follow the guidance here.

Have a chat

Discuss your proposal with those who could be affected by your project, including occupiers of adjoining property or representatives of the local community.

Take into account their views when preparing your application, including details of these consultations in an accompanying statement.

Discuss your ideas with us first

Use our pre-application advice service. Using this service leads to quicker decisions on applications with more positive outcomes as we'll identify any additional conditions you may need to take into account when preparing your application.

Apply online via the Planning Portal

Most planning applications are submitted online via the Planning Portal

Using the Planning Portal is the preferred way to submit your application to us.

Registration is easy, and once you have an account you can complete your application form, buy site location plans, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

Benefits of applying online

These include:

  • you can work on your applications in draft before submission
  • immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • savings on postage and printing costs
  • online help function when completing applications
  • online record of your completed applications

Planning Portal: Apply online

Alternatively, send us your application via email or post.

Forms and fees

Paper application forms

We would always recommend that you apply online.

However, if you do want a paper copy of an application form, you can download them here .


To work out how much you'll need to pay, use the Planning Portal fee calculator. This will calculate the cost based on your application type, and any reductions or exemptions you may be entitled to.

The Planning Portal explains fees in detail here and provides a downloadable guide to planning fees.

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