Planning advice available

Face to face

If you are a householder looking to extend your home or a small business looking to carry out small scale works to your premises (up to 99sq.m in floor area) and would like to talk to somebody about your plans you can meet our Duty Planner Officer by appointment in the Public Advice and Service Centre. This appointment lasts for 20 minutes and costs £51.50. The Duty Planner will talk your proposals through with you and give you verbal advice as to their acceptability, which will be followed up by a short written note of what was discussed, a copy of which will be provided to you.

To get the most out of this time, you are strongly encouraged to bring some plans/drawings of your proposal and photographs of your property along to the appointment. To make an appointment, please telephone 01708 433100. Payment will be taken over the telephone.

The fee is non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend the appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice to arrange another date and time. If we receive less than 24 hours notice, then a further fee will be applicable.

Further information about householder proposals is available online via our Residential Extensions and Alterations Supplementary Planning Document.

Written advice

If you are a householder looking to extend your home or a small business looking to carry out small scale works to your existing premises (up to 99sq.m in floor area) and would prefer to have a written response from us instead of a meeting we will provide a letter which gives an opinion as to the acceptability of your proposals and suggestions for amendment for a fee of £83. The scope of advice we are able to offer depends upon the information you supply to us. Therefore, please provide as much detail as possible about your proposals, including plans/drawings and photographs. This information should be sent to Development and Building Control at the address shown.

Your request for advice will be acknowledged on receipt.

Information on whether permission is needed is available via the Planning Portal. If you are still unclear, you are invited to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. This will give you a binding decision from the Council as to whether permission is needed or not. The current fee for this application is £86. The application can be made online via the Planning Portal.

If you are intending to build one new dwelling, including a detached annexe we are able to provide you with written advice on your proposal. Please see the Pre and post planning advice charges 2017.

If you are intending to build two to three dwellings or up to 499sq.m of new floor space we are happy to provide you with written advice on your proposals, following a site visit where appropriate. Please see the Pre and post planning advice charges 2017

Please provide as much detail as possible about your proposals, including drawings. This information should be sent to Development and Building Control at the address shown.

Your request for advice will be acknowledged on receipt.

If you are intending to build four dwellings or 500sq.m of new floor space upwards.

Following a site visit, we will arrange a face-to-face meeting with you and follow this up with a written record of the points discussed. Please see the Pre and post planning advice charges 2017

Please provide as much detail as possible about your proposals, including drawings. This information should be sent to Development and Building Control at the address shown.

Your request for advice will be acknowledged on receipt.

Contact details

Development and Building Control,
London Borough of Havering,
c/o Town Hall,
Main Road,
Romford RM1 3BD,
Tel: 01708 433100.

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