Making a planning
You must get planning permission
for most types of building work and to change the use of a
Anyone who wishes to carry out work on buildings or land may be
required to, firstly, obtain planning permission. Planning
permission is necessary for a wide range of development, including
relatively minor alterations that may affect the appearance or use
Find out if you need planning permission for your
For a quick and easy way to apply, do it
online using the
Planning Portal online application service.
Submiting all your forms, plans and supporting documents to us
electronically will speed up the process of your
For help with your online application see the Planning Portal
application guidance notes along with details of the National and
Local requirements, which are set out in our
individual application packs.
Alternatively you can submit a paper copy of your
application by selecting the relevant form from our
list of planning application
Should you require guidance, please contact the Technical Support
Team on 020 8430 2000 or email
Most planning applications require a fee. The fee varies and
depends on what you propose to do.
There is a fee calculator which can help you by working
out the cost of any particular planning application. The
calculator asks a series questions to help determine the total
cost of an application, ranging from a simple householder
development to large scale schemes such as housing schemes or
Ways to pay
- Debit/credit card - we are able to accept
telephone payments by debit or credit card; please contact our
Technical support team on 020 8430 2000 (Ext. 34120).
- Cheque - please ensure that the site address
and reference number are detailed clearly on the back of the cheque
and send it to:
Planning Portal Payments
Regeneration & Development
London Borough of Newham
1st Floor, West Wing
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be a new charge which
local authorities in England and Wales will be empowered, but not
required, to charge on most types of new development in their area.
CIL charges will be based on simple formulae which relate the size
of the charge to the size and character of the development paying
it. The proceeds of the levy will be spent on local and
sub-regional infrastructure to support the development of the area,
for example schools, parks and sustainable transport initiatives.
The Mayor of London is proposing to charge a CIL for the greater
London area which is intended to raise £300 million towards the
delivery of Crossrail. The London Mayor's CIL Charging Schedule has
recently gone through an Examination in Public (EiP) but it has not
been formally adopted yet, however it is set to be in operation
from 1 April 2012. The Mayor is proposing a charge of £20 per
square metre charge for Newham.
If CIL applies to your proposed development you are required to
completed and return this form with your application. If you do not
provide this information your application will automatically be
deemed invalid until we receive the completed form.
Further information can be found on the scheme at the
Mayor of London's web site and on our
Planning Policy page.
Community Infrastructure Levy Form (pdf).
Once you have established that planning permission is required for
your proposed development, you will need to apply for the
appropriate type of planning permission or consent.
Read our advice guide which sets out what information and
documentation must be submitted with your planning application
Further useful information can be found
underneath the table below.
Your application will then go through a process known as
'validation', which is based upon two lists of requirements: a
'National' list of minimum information requirements which is set by
the government; and a 'Local' list of supplementary local
information requirements which is set by this council.
Please note: your application will be treated as
invalid if you fail to submit all the information and documents
required and cannot be processed. Please ensure that you
read our advice guide before submitting your application. Poor
quality drawings may also cause delay.
From the 1 January 2013, the following will be required to
be submitted with every application:
For any application submitted by post, an
electronic copy of the application submission (all plans and
documentation) will need to be provided:
- The electronic copy of the submission should be provided on a CD
which is submitted with the application submission. Alternatively
the documents can be e-mailed to
(please provide details of the description of the proposal and the
site address within the e-mail);
- The files should be in a PDF format (preferably measuring tool
enabled) and each file should be no larger than 10MB in size (large
documents should be sub-divided into separate files).
For all applications submitted by post or via the Planning
- two paper copies of the of the application submission (all plans
and documentation) will be required for any application that is
referable to the Greater London Authority (GLA);
- one paper copy will be required for all other applications.
Applications will be made invalid until the above requirements have
been complied with. Subsequently if the above is not received
within 21 days, the application file will be closed.
Listed below are links to individual application packs which detail
Local and National requirements. These explain the information and
documentation that must be submitted with all planning
applications, along with guidance notes to assist both applicants
Please note: different types of applications
require different types of information and supporting
You are encouraged to discuss your application with a planning
officer before making an application.
Find out how to get advice and information about charging
Once we receive your application, it will be registered and
checked to make sure it is valid and complete for processing. If
your application does not contain the relevant information, as set
out in the
national and local planning application requirements lists detailed
above, your application will be deemed invalid, along with any
applications received on the old forms after this date.
If your application is invalid, the council will set out the
reasons via telephone, email (preferred method of contact) or in
writing to you and specify the information required in order to
make the application valid.
Please note that invalid applications will be retained by the
council for a maximum period of 21 days, after which all documents
will be returned and you will need to resubmit the entire
application, including the additional information as previously
Once your application is valid, we will send you a letter of
confirmation advising you of the reference number, the case
officer's name, and the date by which you should receive a
The council keeps a register of all applications and decisions,
including submitted plans. This is available for view online
through our PublicAccess website.
Newham Council seeks to comply with all statutory requirements
including the Data Protection Act (1998) in all its transactions.
Information provided will be used for the purpose of processing
your application and some of the information you provide will form
part of the Public Register which we are required to publish by
Most planning applications are decided within 8 weeks. Major
applications are decided within 13 weeks. These are set periods
required by law. Most applications require a minimum consultation
period of 3 weeks where neighbours or the public in general are
notified of the application and are given the opportunity to make
What type of decision will be given?
We can grant planning permission, with conditions, or refuse it.
Reasons will be given for those conditions attached to a planning
permission and also when planning permission is refused.
Examples of conditions which might be attached to a planning
permission are: to restrict the use to a limited period of years;
to specify details of the building materials to be used; to specify
the number of car parking spaces to be provided; and to ensure that
landscaping is set out as shown on the submitted plans.
If you do not accept our decision, either against refusal or
against a particular condition, or against our failure to give a
decision within the legally defined period (usually 8 weeks), there
is a right of appeal to the Secretary of State for the
For more information concerning the appeal procedure visit our
The set period of 8 weeks is not usually long enough to allow
time to negotiate changes to your application. Your proposal will
therefore be considered, as it is submitted. You are therefore
strongly advised to discuss your application with a planning
officer before you submit it. This will help to ensure your
application is determined as quickly and as smoothly as
Please see our
pre-application advice and charging page for more
Download the S106 clauses document here (Word
This document sets out the standard clauses normally used on S106
legal agreements that accompany certain planning decisions. Agents
and applicants may wish to note these for their own reference and
to aid in the drafting and preparing of legal agreements.