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Planning applications

You can apply for planning permission through the Planning Portal, We encourage this type of application, the benefits include:

  • no printing and postage costs Smarter Planning Champion
  • 24 hours a day service
  • ability to create an electronic location plan
  • add any attachments to your submission (plans etc)
  • calculate and pay the fee online


You can still make applications in paper to the Planning Office. All applications cannot be processed without the correct form, fee and relevant supporting information.




Please check that you have everything you need before submitting your application.  More information on each of these subjects is available from the links below.




Do I need planning permission?

If you are unsure whether alterations to your home requires planning permission you can complete our
Do I need Planning Permission? form.  We will then check whether your proposal will need planning permission and advise you accordingly.


This check is provided for a fee of £25.


For non-domestic enquiries please see our Pre-application advice page.


The Planning Portal's interactive house and terrace guides provide easy access to information on many common householder projects. You should still check with the Planning Department to see if planning permission is required. It makes good sense to do this - for your own peace of mind; for record purposes when selling property; when raising the money; or to show anyone who questions your right to build.




Interactive House




Interactive Terrace


The Planning Portal mini-guides provide visual clarification of the permitted development rules for specific projects:

mini guides








Householder permitted development

On 30 May 2013 changes to householder development and changes of use to business and agricultural premises take effect. Details of these changes can be viewed on the Planning Portal by clicking on this link:



Around 90% of all planning applications are decided under the Scheme of Delegation and will not go to a planning committee.  Details on whether a planning application will be 'delegated' or heard at committee can be viewed by clicking on this link Online Applications and entering the case details. The decision level is displayed on the Further Information tab.


Planning Conditions

Please read your planning permission carefully to see whether you have any conditions which we must sign off before you start your development.

What are planning conditions?

We may grant permission subject to conditions, for example, restricting what you can do on the premises, or requiring you to get specific approval for aspects of the development, such as the materials to be used, before you can proceed.


Any conditions placed on a planning permission can be found on the Decision Notice.

Signing off your conditions

Conditions may need to be approved by us in writing prior to starting works or occupation. If you commence work without doing so you are at risk of invalidating your permission or consent.


£28.00 per request for approval of conditions for householder applications (one application can cover one, some, or all of the conditions of your approval) and £97.00 for all other application types.


Download application form


Viewing planning applications and appeals

Over the last few years we have worked towards making planning applications and appeals available to view online. You can utilise our Public Access website for this purpose by clicking on the link below:



Should you be unable to find the information you require online, please contact details and if appropriate we will upload the information to our website.


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Regeneration and Planning
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG

Fax: 0870 191 3997


LGNL: 485

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