You can submit a planning application to us to apply for permission to build on land, or change the use of land or buildings in the borough.

At present, due to the increase in Coronavirus related calls and the need to prioritise those queries, callers wishing to reach the Planning service may have longer waits and/or sometimes receive no answer at all depending on demand. We ask our customers to be patient and wherever possible use the council web pages to provide answer to queries or for urgent enquiries email planning@lambeth.gov.uk.

The Planning service, in line with the wider council, is working hard to minimise disruption to planning services as a result of coronavirus. Unfortunately, there are some temporary changes that we have had to implement at this stage:

  • We are currently unable to accept cash or cheque payments for planning applications. Please use the payment portals provided on the council’s web pages for making payment against planning applications - Pay for a planning application and for making payment for pre application - Pay for a pre-application

  • All hard copy / paper applications will experience delays in processing and we encourage the submission of electronic applications at this time – either using the Planning Portal or sending by email to planning@lambeth.gov.uk

  • We would ask that applicants do not send USB sticks with their applications as the council is currently unable to access effectively supporting documentation provided in this format.

  • We are unable to accept planning applications in person at this time.

We encourage all applicants to submit all applications and supporting documentation electronically. You can use Planning Portal directly. Alternatively, you can download an application form from the Planning Portal site and submit it by email to planning@lambeth.gov.uk or use a file transfer website if required.

Do it online (external site)

These actions are completed online using the Planning Portal service. There is a charge for using the Planning Portal service.

Alternatively you can download an application form from the Planning Portal site, fill it in and send by email to planning@lambeth.gov.uk.

Please either telephone 020 7926 1180 to make a debit or credit card payment for your submitted application or use the following link to make a payment using the council’s online payment option:

Pay for a planning application

Pay for a pre-application - please note that these payments will be subject to VAT.

You must quote the proposal site and/or application reference number (if known) when making your payment.

Who can use this service

Anyone may submit a planning application.

Costs for this service

Planning Portal offers an online fee calculator and the Planning Portal offer a guide to planning application fees to help you choose the correct fee for your application:

The Government approved legislation that increased statutory planning application fees by an average of 20 per cent in England from 17th January 2018. The legislation also introduces new fee categories for permission in principle applications.

What you need to know...

Do you need planning permission?

In some cases it is not necessary to apply to us for planning permission because works benefit from ‘permitted development’. We offer online advice on permitted development and whether permission is required.

What to submit with your application

If you do need to make a planning application, please read our guide on the drawings and supporting information that you must submit with your application:

We also publish a list of the ten most common reasons an application is invalid. Ensuring you have properly completed your application form and have submitted all the necessary supporting information will avoid an unnecessary delay before we consider your application.

Further advice on requirement 8 of the Local Application Requirements (LARs) July 2016:

This should be read in conjunction with the Local Application Requirements (LARs) of July 2016 as an update to requirement 8, clarifying the approach to sensitive information and where development is for fewer than 10 homes:

Requirement 8 of the LARs requires a Financial Viability Assessment for schemes providing new residential units that are not policy compliant (in terms of policies H2 and H4 of the Local Plan) on sites of at least 0.1 hectares or capable of accommodating 10 or more homes. This requirement now also applies to all applications for residential development providing fewer than 10 new homes.

If a Financial Viability Assessment is submitted under requirement 8 and includes proposed redactions for a published version, the council will consider these redactions within five working days of submission. The council will notify the applicant of the information it intends to publish, before its publication. The council will then publish the information after 10 working days following that notification. Applicants are encouraged to discuss redactions with the council at pre-application stage in order to agree any redactions prior to submission. Any redactions agreed may be subject to further review in the light of applications under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Your personal information when submitting an application

When you submit a planning application to us we will publish it on our planning application database and in our weekly planning lists. The information published will include the site address, the applicants name, and the agents name and address. The drawings and documents submitted with the application will also be published on the planning application database. We may also share your application with other teams in the council and with external partners who provide expertise through the consultation process.

In the event of an appeal, your application including personal information may be passed on to the Planning Inspectorate. They may share your information in a different way to us and so we recommend you read the Planning Inspectorate privacy policy prior to submitting an application.

If your application contains sensitive information or special category data we recommend you contact us before submitting your application.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Find out more about the information we collect and your rights by reading our privacy notice.

The planning application process

If you are not familiar with the planning application process we also recommend you review our planning application process guide. This gives guidance on what to consider before you submit an application and what happens to an average application after it is submitted, including validation, consultation, commenting on an application, the decision-making process, and post-decision considerations.

Sending documents

Lambeth is committed to improving its service by focusing on online submissions which aid document retrieval and storage. We encourage applicants to submit all applications and supporting documentation electronically. You can use the Planning Portal, or a USB key or use a file transfer website.

Discharge of conditions

From 1 September 2016, all applications received for discharge of multiple conditions will be dealt with under a single application reference. This means that if one part of the submission is unacceptable there is a risk that the whole application will be refused. If you are concerned that this may apply to your scheme then you are advised to submit separate individual applications for each condition. Please indicate on the application form, or as a covering letter, which drawings and documents relate to which condition.

Application for temporary modification of conditions relating to construction site working hours

From 28 July 2020, reforms to the law relating to planning in England come into force. These include a new temporary mechanism that allows applicants to modify conditions attached to a planning permission controlling construction site working hours. The aim of this is to allow those working on construction sites greater flexibility to support safe working in line with social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor works. The procedure will expire at the end of the day on 1 April 2021.

Applications may be made to the local planning authority (LPA) to amend either a) a condition imposed on a planning permission specifying the hours within which a construction site may operate, or b) a document that has been approved by the LPA within which hours that a construction site may operate are specified.

The applicant must have an interest in the land and the provisions do not apply to construction hours conditions related to development of a dwelling house or its curtilage. The application process gives local planning authorities 14 days to make a decision to grant or refuse the proposed amended construction working hours, after which the application will be deemed to be granted if a decision has not been made.

The application must be made in writing and sent to the LPA using electronic communications. Please email your application(s) to planningcovid-19@lambeth.gov.uk with the subject line 'Temporary modifications to construction site working hours’.

Please use this application form for temporary modifications to construction site working hours.

The completed application form must provide the following information:

  • The date on which the application is sent,
  • The proposed modifications to the condition or approved document,
  • The date from which it is proposed the modifications should take effect,
  • The date at the end of which it is proposed the modifications should cease to have effect,
  • The times which are specified in the condition or approved during which construction activities may be carried out.
  • Supplementary information outlining the reason for the request, the nature of works (including any deliveries) to be undertaken outside of the approved working hours, any mitigation measures being proposed and details of any consultation with neighbours informing them of the proposed modifications.

Please note that there is no application fee for this type of application.

If you have any queries regarding this form or would like some assistance completing it, please email planningcovid-19@lambeth.gov.uk.