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.

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

Do it online (external site)

You can complete your application online using the iApply or 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

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:

For payment of your planning application, please click here

For payment of your pre-application, please click here - 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

iApply and the 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.