Planning and building control
Guidance on the planning application process, including pre-planning advice, how to apply, amend your application and comment on other applications.
Our service makes sure that buildings are safe, healthy, sustainable and accessible for all users. We cover domestic commercial and public use buildings and make sure they meet building regulations.
The planning portal
The planning portal is a useful tool for more information about the planning system in England and Wales.
Planning enforcement investigates possible breaches of planning control and aims to resolve these using the most appropriate means or action.
If you seek permission to carry out works to your property and your application isn't decided within a set period, or you get a decision from your local council that you disagree with, you have a right to appeal.
Tree maintenance - guidance for homeowners and landowners
Basic, practical advice on the most common enquiries gardeners, homeowners and landowners have relating to trees and similar woody plants.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
There are over 560 separate TPOs within our boundaries covering individual trees, groups of trees, 'areas' and woodlands.
Please try to solve your hedge problems by talking to your neighbours before contacting us. If the dispute can't be settled then we can assess the case and act as an independent and impartial third party.
Local land charges
We carry out local land searches which are part of the property conveyancing process. It allows prospective purchasers of property and mortgage lenders to find out information that we hold about a property.
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
All new developments of more than one house or where the construction area is of 100m2 or more require sustainable drainage to manage on-site surface water.
Street naming and numbering
We are responsible for the naming of all roads and streets, and for the naming and numbering of all properties (residential, commercial and industrial) within our city and county.
We hold the registers for both common land and town or village greens within our city and county and have a statutory duty to maintain these registers.
Placemaking and strategic planning
The council's Placemaking and Strategic Planning section is responsible for driving forward Swansea's ambitious forward planning and placemaking agenda.