Application process

This area of the site includes the following pages:

Planning Inspectorate role

The role of the Planning Inspectorate with regard to operating the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

The process

What happens at each stage of the Planning Act 2008 process, and how you can get involved.

Participating in the process

How and when to register and have your say about an application.

Pre-application service for applicants  (content hosted on GOV.UK)

A free service offered by the Planning Inspectorate designed to help applicants in planning and carrying out their Pre-application duties

Submitting an application for development consent  (content hosted on GOV.UK)

Find out what is required to submit an application for a Development Consent Order.

Application fees (content hosted on GOV.UK)

Fees associated with submitting an application for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project to the Planning Inspectorate.


Outlines the policy regarding awards of costs for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project examinations.

Frequently asked questions

Here you can find answers to the most common questions.

Example Documents

Examples of what the Planning Inspectorate considers to be ‘good’ documentation submitted in relation to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.