Apply for planning permission

When you are sure that you need planning permission you can apply online via the Planning Portal.

Along with the appropriate form and fee your application will usually include documents such as plans, a location map and statements describing aspects of the application. These will vary depending on the details and scale of the proposals.

Apply for planning permission

A checklist has been produced for each application type setting out both national and local validation requirements. The checklists can be viewed next to the relevant application form on our application forms and validation checklists page.

Once received, the application is checked by a planning officer to make sure we have everything we need to assess it. If anything is missing, we will either telephone you or write to the applicant (or the applicant's representative) explaining what else is required, normally within five days of receiving the application. If you include an email address on your application form we can also email you.

Apply by application form 

You can also submit your application to us in paper form by post or by handing it over in person at the Planning Reception within the Council's Public Advice and Service Centre located on the second floor within the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford between 9am and 11am. The Planning Reception is closed the last Wednesday in each month.

If making a paper submission we required two copies of all plans and documents for householder submissions and four copies for all other application types.

Which application form?

For help selecting the correct application form please visit the Planning Portal where the different types of permission are explained in detail.

You can download application forms and associated guidance notes from our application forms and validation checklists page.