Make a planning application
Some work can be done under ‘permitted development’. This means you may not have to apply to us for planning permission.
Before you make your planning application check if you need planning permission
You may still need building regulations consent even though the work you want to do is allowed under permitted development.
How to apply for planning permission
Via the Planning Portal you can apply, attach your documents and pay online.
Paper application forms
Please post any paper application forms to:
Lynton House - 11th Floor Front,
255-259 High Road,
What to submit with your application
We need from you specific information to support your planning application, without this we can't start working on your application, this is known as “validation requirements”. Check what national and local validation requirements you need
The cost of your planning application will depend on the type of application you submit and the type of work you want to do. Find out how much your planning applications fees will be.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
If your proposed work involves the creation of an additional dwelling (where someone will live) or you extend a building with additional floor space over 100 square metres, then you may be liable to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). To help us to assess this, please complete and submit the CIL information form with your application.
You can get advice about your proposed work by using our pre-application advice service
A planning officer will give you guidance about the work you want to do and what to submit, helping you to avoid any delay with your application being processed and a decision being made.
The owner of the property (or land) is ultimately responsible for meeting the relevant planning rules and building regulations; this is still the case even if the work being done falls under permitted development. Failure to meet with the relevant legislation or rules will mean the owner will be responsible for correcting or amending any work, which could include demolition.
Always check and get the relevant permissions or confirmations; such as a lawful development certificate for planning or by contacting Building Control email@example.com before starting work.
For more information about your responsibilities check the Planning Portal website
Receipt of a planning application
Once an application has been submitted and we have received the relevant validation information, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement from us and the application will be allocated to a case officer. The application type will decide how the application is processed and the time frame in which a decision is issued; usually 8 weeks for minor developments or 13 weeks for major schemes.
Consulting on a planning application
When you submit a planning application it may be subject to a statutory 21 day consultation process,so that interested parties (such as neighbours or statutory consultees e.g. Thames Water) can review a planning application for any risks or impact on the surrounding area. We will publicise the application either as a letter notification, a site notice or an advert in local papers.
Assessing a planning application
Once the consultation period has ended, the case officer will review the application and if necessary visit the site. They will then use their site visit notes and photos to help make an assessment of the site characteristics and your proposals affect on the surrounding area. The officer will take into consideration planning legislation, Government guidance, and any recent decisions or appeal decisions.
Making a decision
We make decisions about planning applications in 2 ways:
- Using powers delegated by councillors - officers use powers delegated to them by councillors, meaning they can make a decision, as long as the development falls within certain sizes or types. In these cases we prepare a report on the application, with a recommendation on whether to approve or refuse it, and a senior officer considers and agrees the recommendation, if appropriate.
- In planning committee meetings - If the decision on a planning application has to be made by councillors a report is prepared and published in the meeting's agenda.
The report councillors receive contains a recommendation on whether to approve or refuse the application and the reasons why. Councillors can accept the recommendation or decide to take a different decision if they have a good planning reason to do so.
If an application is scheduled to go to committee, the applicant/agent will receive a letter notification as will anyone who was consulted or made a representation. The meeting is open to the public (including applicants, agents, supporters and objectors) and those with an interest in an application can apply to speak at the meeting. Details of how to do this will be provided in the letter.
Once a decision is made, either by officers or councillors, a formal decision notice confirming the decision will be sent to the applicant (or an agent).
If the application is refused, the reasons will be given and the appeal process explained.
If the application is approved it may contain 'conditions' that you need to comply with. Conditions may need to be met before work begins on site, during construction works, or after the development is completed.
Appealing a decision
If your application for planning permission has been refused, permission has been granted with conditions imposed or the decision wasn't made in the statutory timeframe, you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. This can be done online or by post but only the applicant is able to appeal against a decision made.
For more information about how the decision making process work, please refer to the planning portal website.