Prior notification (Telecommunications)

Certain forms of telecommunications development, for example, mobile telephone masts, fall under permitted development and are subject to prior approval from us. The prior approval procedure means that the principle of development is not an issue and we can only consider siting and appearance of the proposal.

We have 56 days in which to let the mast operators know whether prior approval is required for siting and appearance, and to let know the operator know of our decision to allow or refuse approval. There is no power to extend the 56 day period.

The prior approval procedure applies to the construction, installation, alteration or replacement of:

  • A ground based mast of up to and including 15 metres in height;
  • A mast of up to and including 15 metres in height installed on a building or structure;
  • An antennae (including any supporting structure) which exceeds the height of the building or structure (other than a mast) by 4 metres or more at the point of where it is installed or to be installed;
  • A public call box;
  • Radio equipment housing with a volume of more than 2.5 cubic metres;
  • Development ancillary to radio housing (for example, fences or access roads).

To submit an application for Prior Notification (Telecommunications), you can apply online at the National Planning Portal or you can download the relevant form below:

Please make sure you submit one original copy of the application form, together with one original copy of the plans and supporting information. You can also pay for your application by cheque, credit or debit card. For more information on this service, please visit our planning application fees and how to pay page.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these documents. If you don’t have it you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free