Planning conditions

Planning applications can be granted subject to one or more conditions, dependent on the type or nature of the application.

The majority of planning permissions have conditions attached. Some conditions require approval by us before any development takes place, others can be discharged during the development. All conditions relating to a planning permission can be viewed on the decision notice.

Request to discharge conditions

It is very important that all the conditions attached to a planning decision are complied with and this is known as discharging the conditions. Failing to do so may lead to enforcement action being initiated against the applicant or even the invalidation of the planning permission.

To discharge your conditions, you can complete the application using the Planning Portal's online submission service (opens in new window) or download and complete the Application for Removal or Variation of a Planning Condition form using the Planning Portal's form chooser (opens in new window).

Two copies of all documents and plans relating to each condition to be discharged should be submitted and they should clearly identify the condition number they relate to. The appropriate fee must be provided with the request.

Submissions will only be processed once all details and the fee have been received.

Failure to discharge a condition could stall a development and lead to enforcement action or invalidate the planning permission.


If you have supplied all the details we need and your proposals are acceptable, we should issue a decision within eight weeks. We may be required to contact consultees which may extend the time to issue a decision.

If the details are insufficient or unacceptable, we will inform you that the discharge of condition(s) application has been refused. You would then have to resubmit new proposals with a further fee.

If we do not issue a decision within twelve weeks we will refund your fee.