Coronavirus: Planning & Building Control

Latest News and advice regarding Planning & Building Control

Page Updated: 11 January 2021, 15:40


Under temporary changes to the planning system, certain planning permissions and listed buildings that have, or will expire, since the commencement of lockdown (23 March 2020) have been automatically extended. Some however, will need a separate application for Additional Environmental Approval first. For more information please visit our COVID-19: Extension of certain Planning Permissions page.

A new fast-track system has been introduced, which will allow an applicant to apply to extend construction working hours on a development site (up until 1 April 2021), where this is currently subject to a planning condition. For more information please visit our COVID-19: Extension of certain Planning Permissions page.

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.

Information for retailers

Following the reopening of shops on 2 December, the Government has announced that Local Planning Authorities should take a positive approach to engaging with retailers who wish to extend their retail opening hours, where they are currently subject to local planning restrictions. If you are a retailer looking to extend your retail opening hours throughout December and January and have planning conditions in place on the property, then please give details of the site address, existing and proposed opening hours in writing to The Planning Duty Officer is also available on Tuesdays and Fridays for an informal discussion.

Building Control

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

Site inspections are still being undertaken providing that social distancing measures can be followed or appropriate PPE be worn.

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.