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Details of historic applications and copying requests

Historic applications

You can view the details of planning applications and appeals from 1 January 1990 by searching on PublicAccess (external link).


A guide is available to read on how to use Public Access (Adobe PDF format, 3616kb).


If you require details of applications before 1990 or a full planning history for a property it would be advisable to submit a Site History Enquiry or a Local Land Search.


Planning history charges

The following fees are payable in advance:

  • Research and compilation of planning records, responding to questions and provision of related information: £30.00 per hour (or part thereof) plus vat, for each site location.
  • Requests for further information after initial response to the above: £30.00 per hour  (or part thereof) plus vat, for each site location.

Copying requests

You can view and download plans and documents (subject to copyright) relating to applications received since 1 January 2000. There are, however, a number of applications received between 2000 and 2004 where the documents have not been published.


To view unpublished documents or request copies of plans and documents (subject to copyright) email plan.apps@westlancs.gov.uk


Planning application information charges

The following fees are payable in advance:

  • Decision notices, enforcement notices, tree preservation orders and section 106 agreements: £10.00 each, plus vat
  • Copies of documents (A4): £0.50 per sheet up, to a maximum of £5.00,  plus vat for up to 25 sheets (50 sides of text) - the charging system repeats itself for each additional 25 sheets
  • Copies of plans (A3/A4): £0.50, plus vat per sheet up, to a maximum of £5.00, plus vat for up to 25 sheets (50 sides of text) - the charging system repeats itself for each additional 25 sheets
  • Copies of plans (A2/A1/A0): £2.00, plus vat per copy, up to 5 plans and £1.50, plus vat for each additional copy thereafter

Paying fees


You can make a payment in the following ways: 


  • Online with your credit or debit card using our planning payment form, selecting 'planning  fees' and 'photocopy request'.  An online payment facility is also available, if required, in the reception areas of the Council Offices at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk and the Customer Service Point, 1st Floor, The Concourse, Skelmersdale. 
  • Over the phone by calling a member of the Planning Support Team who will process the payment for you using your credit or debit card details (tel: 01695 585239).

Please Note:

  • the Council's preferred card payment method is debit card
  • a charge will be made for payments made via Mastercard/Visa credit cards


  • Internet Banking Service by logging onto your own bank account and transferring the fee to the Council's bank account.
  • BACS transfer

When paying by Internet Banking Service or BACS transfer it is essential that you quote 'planning copies' and provide the site location of the enquiry so that when the payment is received the Council knows what the payment is for.


The Council's bank account details are:

National Westminster Bank Ltd

Account name: West Lancashire Borough Council

Account number: 86998404

Sort code: 01-06-45


Contact us

If you are unable to make payment using any of the above methods or require advice on fees please contact the Planning Support Team (tel: 01695 585239) or email plan.apps@westlancs.gov.uk

Last updated: 11/11/2013

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