Coronavirus: Planning & Building Control

Latest News and advice regarding Planning & Building Control

Page Updated: 07 July 2020, 10:45


On the 13 May 2020, the government announced that with immediate effect, local planning authorities should take a swift and positive approach to requests from developers and site operators for greater flexibility around construction site working hours. This is to ensure that, where appropriate, planning conditions are not a barrier to allowing developers the flexibility necessary to facilitate the safe operation of construction sites during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to proceed at pace with work otherwise delayed as a result of COVID-19. To discuss how this may apply to you, please contact the Planning Service (01427 676676;

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be delays in the time taken for determining planning applications. Where possible, it is asked that applicants submit new applications electronically (i.e. via the Planning Portal, or email It would be helpful if you are able to provide photographs of the site and area for development, in order to reduce the need for planning officers to visit the site in person.

Following the office closure, applications submitted via the post will only be picked up intermittently, and delays will be inevitable as a result.

Thank you for your assistance.

Building Control

The West Lindsey Building Control team are open for business as usual, for both new and existing applications.

From Monday 13 July 2020, we will be resuming daily site inspections (Monday to Friday).  We shall still be observing social distancing rules whilst on site.

Staff are working remotely and will not be available at the Guildhall offices in Gainsborough.

Please contact us on 01427 676672 or email and we will be more than happy to deal with your enquiry.

Dangerous structures will be dealt with appropriately, dependent on risk.