If you already know what you are doing you should make your application online at the Planning Portal (note there is a £20 charge for using their service).
If not, this guide will explain what you need to do to make a planning application in Richmond upon Thames.
It is recognised that planning is a complicated subject, and under ‘permitted development rules’ not all developments require planning permission.
You may choose to use the Planning Portal website, which provides information that will help you determine if your development requires permission or not. However, if your property is in a conservation area, it may be protected by an Article 4 direction, in which case you will need to apply for permission for work that would otherwise be allowed.
Alternatively, you may consider seeking advice from professionals in the field. This can be from both the pre-application service the Local Planning Authority offers, and engaging with architects and planning consultants:
If you want clear, impartial and professional advice at an early stage you may benefit from our pre-application advice service, which offers different levels of advice.
Alternatively see our advice and information on the planning application process.
We do not offer a Duty Officer appointment service.
Although anyone can submit a planning application, to ensure that the submission is valid and the quality is sufficient to ensure that delays are minimised, you may consider using a professional in the field. There are a number of local architects and planning consultations that can be used. The Council is not able to make recommendations however to ensure that the professional is suitably qualified you can check:
There are many different application forms. The right one to use depends on the type of application you are making.
To prevent avoidable delays or refusals, you must ensure that your application submission is accompanied with all necessary reports to meet policy requirements.
Please ensure all documents submitted, including reports, plans and drawings that need to be reproduced at a particular scale, are saved in Adobe PDF file format (scalable to the original paper size).
Failure to comply with the following could result in your application remaining invalid:
A Section 73 application is considered to be a new application. The information required will depend upon what changes are proposed or the purpose of any condition it is proposed to remove or vary and national or local policies, or other material considerations, which may have changed significantly since the original grant of permission.
The information required may include any of the requirements outlined in the Local Validation Checklist where the threshold applies. You are advised to discuss what information will be required with planning officers before submitting an application. Where the local planning authority considers that information is required and it is not provided the application will be treated as invalid.
Ensure any electronic files you submit with your application meet our requirements(pdf, 41KB).
If you don’t want to use the Planning Portal you can print a form and apply by post.
Once we have received your application it will follow this process:
The targets to determine applications are:
You can check the current status of applications online.
If your application is successful, you will need to arrange a street condition survey before any work starts.
Depending on the outcome of your application you may want to appeal.
Appeals must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with strict time limits. All appeals must be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate.
Find more details about our appeals process or what to do if your planning application has been refused:
If you are still not sure about the appeal process, you can contact us at Development Control (Planning) on 020 8891 1411, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.