Information needed for a planning application
There’s a minimum level of information that must be submitted for each application so that everyone can understand your proposal.
Every application must include:
- the correct application form completed, signed and dated
- accurate location plans taken from the Jersey Digital Map at a scale of 1:2500 as a separate drawing
- photographs of the existing building and site
- site plan
- floor plans
Information required for a planning application
We will publish everything submitted in connection with a planning application on the Planning register.
When you have submitted your application, we will review it to make sure it contains the minimum level of information required to understand the proposal. If your application doesn’t contain the information we need, we will explain what needs to be provided.
We require either documents or drawings to accurately reflect the proposed work or development within 28 days of the request. If we do not receive the information within that timescale, we will assume that you do not wish to pursue the matter and the application will become inactive. You may apply again at any time after that, but we will require the full submission of all the documents at that time.
If your application does contains the information we need, we’ll send you a fee breakdown with information on how to pay. Once your payment is received, we’ll register your application.
We aim to register your application within three working days from receiving the correct information and a full fee.
Descriptions and covering letters
You need to describe your proposal on every application form and reflect what’s on the drawings. For example “Single storey extension to north, new detached garage and new access”.
When we register your application, we may amend your description to reflect a standardised wording to make it easier for everyone to understand. We will let you know if we change your description.
Covering letters are very helpful to explain the details or background to the proposal and are strongly encouraged. On bigger or unusual schemes they are valuable, to show compliance with the Island Plan and the Supplementary Planning Guidance, or on some occasions to justify a proposal which is not compliant with these policies.
Covering letters will be published to the planning register online with the proposal information. We don’t include any personal information and we may blank out parts of the letter for publication.
You need to submit a design statement for:
- all applications for works to listed buildings
- all applications in the coastal national park
- buildings over 100 square metres
- buildings more than five storeys
You need to submit an archaeological statement for any application that proposes to disturb the ground surface within an archaeological site or within an area of archaeological potential.
Listed building applications need to include information to describe the proposed works. You need to include:
- proposed works and materials
- architectural features such as windows, rain water goods, vents that are to be added, replaced or altered
Show detailed drawings at a scale of 1:10 with cross sections at 1:2.
You need to give us justification when replacing historic windows or doors with modern ones. Show elevations and cross sections at 1:10 and joinery details at 1:2.
On larger projects we need a historic impact statement and further justification. It should describe:
- the works balanced against an understanding of the importance of the building
- its intrinsic architectural, archaeological, historic or other interest
- physical features of the building
- the setting and contribution to the local scene
- the extent to which the proposed works would bring substantial benefits for the community
Waste management plans
Waste management plans are needed for any application that proposes the demolition of major structures or development likely to generate significant quantities of waste material. This includes the removal of property comparable in size to a dwelling or developments of more than:
- 1,000 square metres
- 10 dwellings
- 1 hectare
3D models are needed for applications involving any scheme for:
- a new building over 200 square metres
- any scheme that proposes the construction of more than one building
- any revised plans application to an approval that provided a 3D model as part of the original submission
Percentage for Art Statements
Percentage for Arts Statements are required for applications of:
- residential development of five or more dwellings
- residential development of 0.25 hectares or more
- non-residential development of 500 square metres or more
- non-residential development on a site of 1 hectare or more
Structural engineers reports
Structural engineer reports are needed where it is proposed to convert a listed building. They can also support your planning application if you’re proposing to convert existing buildings to a new use or demolish existing buildings for replacement. We need to be confident that the building can be converted and won’t partially or wholly collapse during the proposed works.
Contaminated Land Assessments
Contaminated Land Assessments are needed when:
- the proposal involves land which is known to be contaminated
- land where there is potential for contamination, or
- a proposed use that would be particularly vulnerable to the presence of contamination
In these cases, a Phase 1 Desk Based Assessment will be required at the time of submission.
Biodiversity impact statement
A biodiversity impact statement helps applicants to identify any potential impacts on the natural environment that development proposals may have. It also helps to determine what is reasonably required to accompany an application.
Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
An EIA is needed for development specified in the Planning and Building (Environmental Impact) (Jersey) Order 2006. You can request a screening or scoping opinion from the department on whether a proposed development will need an EIA and what matters to address. If identified as a requirement an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must also be included in the application.