Planning application forms

Submitting an application

We encourage you to submit your planning application online via the national Planning Portal.

Alternatively you can download the forms below and return by post.

Adopted Validation Checklist

Trafford has adopted an updated Application Validation Checklist and all new applications submitted will be assessed for validity against the checklist.

New requirements have been introduced relating to: Accommodation Schedule; Accurate Visual Representations; Daylight / Sunlight Assessment; Equalities Statement; Flood Risk and Drainage (including a requirement to complete a North West SuDS Pro-Forma for major applications); Façade Design Analysis.

Minor alterations have been made to the following sections: Air Quality Assessment; Carbon Budget Statement; Heritage Assessment; Noise Assessment; Tree Survey; Trees – Applications for Works; Viability Assessments (including an increased fee for the Council’s consideration of viability cases).

Fire statements

As part of ongoing changes to fire safety regulations, from 1 August 2021 certain types of proposed development will require that a fire statement is completed by an expert and submitted as part of an application for planning permission. 

Paying for an application

  1. Submit an application using the Planning Portal and pay the Planning Portal directly.
  2. Submit an application by post and use our online payment method
  3. Submit an application by post and pay by cheque. Please make cheques payable to Trafford Council.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) sets the fee levels for planning applications.

Important note

All planning applications that comprise any of the following must be accompanied by a completed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) question form so we can determine if an application is chargeable or not:

  • Development in excess of 100 square metres (GIA)
  • Householder application for works or extension to a house
  • The creation of a new dwelling
  • The conversion of a building

Some of the documents included on these pages (such as PDFs) may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of any document in a more accessible format, please email us at or call 0161 912 3149.

Householder application

Please remember that you may also need Building Regulations approval.

Full planning application

If you require planning permission for any type of development other than alterations or extensions to an existing domestic dwelling, you will need to complete Full Planning Application form. Outline applications and reserved matters have separate application forms below.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) forms

An application cannot be determined without a completed CIL Question Form and applicants will be reminded at the point of validation if a form is missing from the submission. For more information please see the CIL short guide for applicants.

The Trafford CIL Charging Schedule came into effect on 7 July 2014.

Display of advertisement

Any 'advertisement' (sign, placard, notice, hoarding which is used for the purposes of advertising), whether illuminated or not, will require a planning application.

Listed building consent and conservation area consent

If you live in a listed building and/or conservation area, any alteration to the property will require permission. You may wish to contact the Planning Conservation Officer to discuss your plans before proceeding.

Please read the conservation area information web page.

Telecommunications application

Outline application forms

Applications relating to previously imposed conditions

Applications relating to Non Material Amendment

Trees / hedgerows

Certificate of Lawfulness

Prior notifications

Additional information regarding application certificates and notices

You must complete a certificate stating the ownership of the property. One certificate A, B, C, or D, must be completed, together with the Agricultural Holdings Certificate. The certificates can be found at the end of the planning application form.

Complete Certificate A if you are the sole owner of all the land within the application boundary.

If you do not own the site, or your foundations will encroach onto land you do not own, you must complete Certificate B, C or D and then complete and serve the appropriate notice depending on your type of application or whether you know all the site owners.

Householder applications

If you are submitting a household application you need to use the Household Development Notice.

Non-householder applications

For all other applications Notice 1 is to be printed and served to owners if Certificate B or C is completed.

Where the owner is unknown the Notice to Unknown Owners, Notice 2, is for publication in a local newspaper if Certificate C or D is completed.

Non-material amendments applications

If you are submitting an application for non-material amendments you need to use the Non-Material Amendments notice.

A copy of the notice must also be sent with your application to the planning service.

You must wait at least 21 days before submitting your planning application if you have served a notice.

Pre-application enquiry


Scale of charges

Planning guidance websites

Useful websites

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