Planning permission

 

If your proposed works exceed the permitted development criteria then you will require planning permission.

If the property is a house then you can apply using a ‘householder’ application. We also recommend seeking duty planner advice before applying.

If the property is not a house (for example a flat or a shop) then you would need apply using a ‘full planning permission’ application. We also recommend seeking pre-application advice before applying. 

You can submit an online application for these works.

 

If your address is on a classified road you will need planning permission to for a means of access.

If the property is a house then you can apply using a ‘householder’ application. If the property is not a house (for example a flat or a shop) then you would need apply using a ‘full planning permission’ application.

You can submit an online application for these works.

You will also need to apply to our Highways department, but we recommend waiting for the planning application decision first. 

If your site is not on a classified road then you will need to apply through our Highways department only.

 

If you are creating a new residential unit, such as building a new house or block of flats, or converting a house into flats, then you will likely need to apply for planning permission using a ‘full planning permission’ application. 

This application will need to be accompanied by plans and documents, as detailed in our validation requirements. The creation of 10+ new residential units will likely be considered a major application and will be subject to more extensive validation requirements.

You can submit an online application for these works.

We recommend seeking pre-application advice on these types of development, as they can be quite complex.

 

A change of use to a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) of any size will require a ‘full planning permission’ application. This application must be accompanied by an HMO management plan, along with other plans and documents as detailed in our validation requirements. Please also view policy LP6 of the Redbridge Local Plan before applying.

You can submit an online application for these works.

We recommend seeking pre-application advice for HMOs, as these can be quite complex.

We also recommend reviewing the details of our borough wide Article 4 Direction on HMOs.

You may also require an HMO licence, which is separate to planning.

 

Most extensions and other development works to a commercial property (such as a shop or restaurant) will require planning permission. This must be submitted using a ‘full planning permission’ application.

You can submit an online application for these works.

Changing the use of a commercial site can be quite complex. Planning use classes are detailed in full on the Planning Portal. Some changes of use can be applied for under prior approval, others will require full planning permission.

We recommend seeking pre-application advice for commercial developments.

 

Further advice

The advice given above is an introductory guide.

The Council Planning Service is primarily an assessment service. Under the national planning system, assistance with preparing and submitting a planning application is provided by the private sector. Given the complexity of regulations and guidance, we recommended engaging with a private planning agent/architect before submitting an application or starting work.

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