Tips to ensure your application is submitted correctly

Submitting an application for planning permission can be a complicated process and we have provided some tips below to assist you in ensuring that your application is processed smoothly.

  • Submit through the Planning Portal for all online applications, including notifications of works to trees 

     Planning Portal

  • Where you cannot submit through the Planning Portal because there is no online form, e.g. pre-app and some prior approvals, email your documents to 

  • All revised plans and drawings, especially those required if your application has been found invalid, should be emailed to 

  • Do not submit applications or information in support of an invalid application to individual officer email addresses 

  • Attach all drawings, photographs and documents as PDF (Portable Document Format) files 

  • No individual file should be larger than 10Mb - this may mean that large documents need to be split into numerous parts - please ensure they are labelled accordingly. 

  • Please send unsigned versions of reports and covering letters and in particular remove signatures from individual report pages 

  • File names should reflect the content with a clear description of the plan or document 

  • Ensure that all drawings include the print (paper) size and the relevant scale at that print size (e.g. 1:100 etc) 

  • Preferable drawing sizes are A3 or A4.  Please do not submit plans at sizes above A3 unless absolutely necessary. 

  • Drawings should be correctly oriented on the page 

  • Adhere to the Validation Checklists. 

  • For all major applications please submit 2 sets of paper documentation to Planning Services, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT. 

  • New building work will often need to comply with the Building Regulations. These prescribe minimum standards for health and safety. The Central Government website also provides advice on Building Regulations. If you would like further advice, please contact the Somerset Building Control Partnership.

Somerset Building Control Partnership