Submit an application online

Online planning applications are submitted through the Planning Portal. Use the links below to be taken to the site where the full submissions procedure will be explained and you can submit your application. The Planning Portal is an independent organisation who make a service charge of £20.83 plus VAT for submitting the application. Applications with a fee below £60 do not incur this service charge. Please note that West Lancashire Borough Council are unable to accept initial payments for applications submitted via the Planning Portal. You will be required to upload and attach electronic copies of your plans as part of the application.

Given the ongoing effect of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are experiencing a high volume of applications and communications by email, post and telephone.  There is currently a backlog of planning applications to be validated and the receipt of some consultation responses, which may impact on timescales and we may request an extension of time to determine some applications.  There is also a significant backlog of enforcement complaints which remain under investigation.

To avoid any delay in the validation and registration of planning applications, all submissions should be made online via the Planning Portal (external link) .

If a site visit cannot be carried out safely, we will not be able to progress some applications or enforcement complaints. These will be assessed on a case by case basis.  To enable officers to assess applications and enforcement matters you may be asked to provide photographs of your property.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

If your development meets the triggers for a CIL payment, then you will also need to submit additional information with your application. Full details can be found on our Community Infrastructure Levy pages.