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Planning



Strategic Development and Planning Service



Our planning pages provide information about a variety of planning issues dealt with by North Devon Council; including development control, planning policy, planning enforcement, conservation and heritage, advertisement control and building control.

In this section you can search for and download plans and proposals for development across the district; from new shopping centres to house extensions.

You can also comment online and find out when plans will be discussed by the council. Just use the links below to find what you are looking for.

Pre-Application Advice



If you are thinking about submitting a planning application, we offer a pre-application advice service to provide informal comments on a proposal prior to the submission of a formal application.

From the 1st April 2014 North Devon Council will be charging for some pre application advice.

To limit the impact of this on our customers, the charges will not be applied for the following types of applications:
  • Planning applications relating to  facilities for the disabled.
  • Planning Applications by Town or Parish councils.
  • Planning Applications by Registered Charities
  • Householder Planning applications.
  • Listed building applications .
  • Planning matters relating to enforcement.
  • Discussions with local residents affected by Planning Applications for development .
  • One meeting with the applicant following a refusal of planning permission.
For more information, here is our pre-application advice guide.

Planning applications



For guidance and helpful hints to assist you with the planning process, providing links to the Planning Portal and the NDC planning pages.

Planning application tracker


Search for details of decisions, applications and appeals; check progress, view documents, make comments online
  • Quick search - where you already know the planning application number or address of the property
  • Advanced search - using more advanced search criteria, e.g. by parish, ward, between dates etc. in addition to application number or individual site address

County and National Park applications

NDC is a consultee only. To view application details, drawings and associated documents, or to comment online, please go to their website planning pages:

Making a representation

When an application is registered it is publicised to enable members of the public and anyone else who may have an opinion on the matter to make representations concerning the application.

Do I need planning permission?

Find out if you need planning permission for your proposed development; for householders, businesses and farmers.

Apply for planning permission



We now accept and encourage the submission of planning applications online in association with the Planning Portal, in addition to the traditional way. For more information on how to apply for planning permission.

Conservation and Design

For information on how the planning system takes account of conservation and design issues, including

Planning Policy

North Devon and Torridge District Councils have jointly prepared a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). It identifies land and buildings with potential to deliver future housing up to 2025

For information on how NDC is ensuring that new development takes place in accordance with policies set out in the Development Plan (Local Development Framework)

Planning Enforcement

Find out how to report a possible breach of planning control; how we investigate breaches of unauthorised development and the process for taking action where appropriate; and access to view the enforcement register

Planning Appeals

For information and advice on the planning appeals process and how to track the progress of a current appeal online.

Planning Committee

To view the committee schedule, check the agenda reports and view the minutes online

Planning Service commitment to you

To view the guidelines we follow when dealing with planning applications and advice on what you must provide when applying for planning permission

How well are we doing in determining planning applications?

To see how we are performing against government targets; for the year to date and the latest monthly figures

Building control

Ensuring owners and developers achieve the required standards, checking plans and inspecting building work.


Contact information



For planning enquiries, contact the Customer Service Centre:

Telephone: 01271 388288
For Typetalk: precede with 18001
Text: 07624 804042
Fax: 01271 388451
Email: customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk

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Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Appointment based planning surgeries are held at:
To make an appointment visit one of the offices or phone 01271 388288.
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