Make a planning application

Make a planning application

This page tells you how to make a planning application either online or by post. If you need any help completing any of these forms please contact the planning application team.

Online planning applications

We strongly encourage you to apply online via the Planning portal. The system will take you step by step through the whole process.

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» Planning portal

» Guidance notes on making an online planning application (pdf 42kb)

Supporting documents and Local Validation Checklist

Each planning application requires a set of supporting documents. These are set a national and local level, and vary for each application.

» Download our current local validation checklist (pdf, 200Kb)

Your application will not be valid until you submit all the required documents. Once a valid application is received, it will be considered.

Most common reasons for invalid applications

1) No Ordnance Survey map (OS Map)
» Planning portal associated services to provide a OS Map

2) Incorrect or no fee
» See fees below

3) Failure to submit an appropriate flood risk assessment
» See flood risk assessments

4) Failure to submit an appropriate design and access statement
» See design and access statement

5) Failure to submit a Construction Methods Statement for basement and/or light well excavation
» See Construction Method Statement

Please ensure all drawings submitted with your application contain a metric scale bar.


The fee charged for the assessment of a planning application is set by the government and depends on the scale and nature of the proposed development. 

» Planning portal fee calculator

» Planning Portal application fees document (pdf)

» Fee schedule (pdf)

How to pay for your fees

  • Pay through the Planning Portal by credit or debit card
  • Pay online on the council's webpage via: 
  • Pay over the phone by debit or credit card. Call 020 8753 1081 and one of our colleagues will receive your payment. When making payment please indicate the reference number (if you have one) or include the complete address of the property.

Community Infrastructure Levy

To find out if your development would be liable for CIL, and what you will need to do, visit our CIL webpage.

You can download the CIL form by clicking here

Section 106 Agreement

Agreements under Section 106 are normally required to mitigate impacts arising from large scale developments, and provide the means of ensuring the provision of necessary services and infrastructure, such as highways, recreational facilities, education, health and affordable housing to support new large scale developments. For more information about Section 106 visit: Section 106 webpage

Planning Performance Agreements (PPA)

The Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) is our new project management tool which will help you with more complex applications, receive the best advice possible. Visit our Planning Performance Agreements webpage for more information.

What happens after a planning decision is made?

» Find out what happens after a decision is made

Page last updated: 28/05/2015