Planning permission

Apply for discharge of conditions

Obtaining planning permission is often not the end of your involvement with the Council. 

Planning permission may be approved with conditions that require the further agreement of details by the Council prior to a start being allowable on site. 

These may include:

  • advising how long you have to implement a scheme
  • identifying the approved drawing numbers
  • requiring the submission of further details for approval, such as materials or large scale drawings

When a condition requires the submission of further details, this is referred to as a Discharge of Condition application, or a DOC application.

If this is relevant to you, check when this needs to be done. For example, the wording of the condition may require the details to be submitted to AND approved prior to the commencement of development.   

  1. Before you complete your application

    Prior to the submission of your Discharge of Condition application, it is recommended you refer to the following points, which will hopefully help to ensure your application meets the requirements of the conditions, and minimize potential delays or possible refusals:

    • Refer to case officer’s delegated report, or where relevant the committee report, minutes and addendum – these may make recommendations on the contents of condition details.
    • See if there are any informatives that are relevant to the condition you are seeking to discharge.
    • Check the wording of the condition – ensure you address each point – otherwise the application may be refused or only partially discharged (therefore causing delays). Officers are only asked to make decisions based on submissions, and therefore not obliged to go back requesting information that should have been submitted with the original submission.
    • There may be conditions that overlap, for example hard and soft landscaping includes cycle storage, boundary treatment, and materials. If there are also conditions placed on the decision requiring cycle storage, boundary treatment or material details, consider grouping these conditions together and submit as one application.
    • Ensure any detailed drawings are consistent with the approved drawings referenced in the original decision notice – for example, the detailed landscaping drawings are consistent with the approved site layout plan; or the cross section of an elevation is consistent with the positioning of openings and height of the building.
    • When there is a Construction Method Statement and Arboricultural Method Statement condition, ensure these are written so they are consistent with each other. For example, you will need to ensure the storage of materials or construction vehicle routing is not contradictory to the Arboricultural Method Statement or Tree Protection Plans (which may have been submitted with the application, or conditioned).
    • If the condition requests a document (such as a Construction Method Statement), structure this document in the order of the bullet points listed in the condition, also using the same headings.

  2. Submitting your application

    A covering letter is acceptable in place of an application form for this type of application together with the necessary details. As per the requirements of The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 Part 5 (27).

    If sending the information by letter, set out clearly condition by condition the information we require plus references to any attached plans or technical documents. Extracts from manufacturer’s brochures or photos to support your submission will be acceptable on occasion; in some circumstances we will require physical samples.

    This can be ascertained by emailing planning@southsomerset.gov.uk in advance of making your submission.

    Discharge of Conditions applications are charged per submission. View our list of fees

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