Make a planning application

Once you have identified if you need planning permission, you can submit your application online via the National Planning Portal.  Register your details, logon and choose 'Knowsley' as the local authority before making your application.  If you prefer, you can complete the relevant application form and send by post. Getting advice before you begin your planning application can make it more likely that your application will be successful.

From 6 April 2010, Design and Access Statements will be required for all planning applications except:

  • Engineering or mining operations
  • Development of an existing dwellinghouse, or development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse for any purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse, where no part of that dwellinghouse or curtilage is within a ‘designated area’ (see definition below)
  • A material change in the use of land or buildings, unless it also involves operational development
  • Extensions to the time limits for implementing existing planning permissions
  • Development of an existing flat for any purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the flat as such, where no part of that flat is within a ‘designated area’
  • The extension of an existing building used for non-domestic purposes where the floorspace created by the development does not exceed 100 square metres and where no part of the building or the development is within a ‘designated area’
  • The erection, construction, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure, up to 2m high or the height of the existing means of enclosure, whichever is the higher, where no part of the building or the development is within a ‘designated area’ or the curtilage of a listed building
  • Development on ‘operational land’ consisting of the erection of a building or structure up to 100 cubic metres in volume and 15m in height and where no part of the development is within a ‘designated area’
  • The alteration of an existing building where the alteration does not increase the size of the building and where no part of the building or the development is within a ‘designated area’
  • The erection, alteration or replacement of plant or machinery where, as a result of the development, the height of the plant or machinery would not exceed the greater of 15 metres above ground level, or the height of the original plant or machinery, and where no part of the development is within a ‘designed area’; or
  • Applications for the variation or removal of conditions attached to a planning permission (development of land pursuant to section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990)


  • ‘Designated Area’ means a World Heritage Site or a conservation area
  • ‘Operational Land’ is land used by Statutory Undertakers for the purpose of carrying on their undertaking. ‘Statutory Undertakers’ are those authorised by any enactment to carry on any railway, light railway, tramway, road transport, water transport, canal, inland navigation, dock, harbour, pier or lighthouse undertaking or any undertaking for the supply of hydraulic power and a relevant airport operator

In addition Design and Access Statements are not required for the following types of application:

  • Advertisement applications
  • Tree preservation orders (TPOs)
  • Applications for the storage of hazardous substances
  • Non-material amendments

Design and Access Statements are required for applications for listed building consent

For guidance on how to read, write and use design access statements, visit the Design Council Website.

Viewing, tracking and commenting on planning applications

Once you have submitted your planning application you can track its progress through Knowsley's Public Access system.
Public Access also allows anyone to view all applications submitted to the council so that they can:

  • Search a list of applications validated or decided each week
  • View and download copies of drawings and documents submitted with applications
  • Submit comments about an application
  • Monitor the progress of an application
  • Check any constraints associated with a site
  • View whether an appeal has been lodged and any appeal decisions
  • View details of historic applications
  • View property details by reference to a map
  • View recent Planning Committee reports and decision notices

People viewing this information may include residents and members of the public if they are planning to oppose a particular application.

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