Planning application process

There are many stages to an application. As each application differs, these stages are not always the same for each application. However, the typical process an application goes through is illustrated in the flowchart below.

All planning applications, applications for listed building consent, advertisement consent, certificates of lawful proposed use or development, certificates of lawful existing use or development, and applications for conservation area consent are publicised on the Council's website. In most cases, the documents submitted will also be available for public viewing. There are certain exceptions to this where there may be issues of national security (for example applications that involve the internal layout of embassy buildings).

Certain applications will have to undergo some form of public consultation. The requirements of the public consultation differ depending on the type, scale and complexity of applications. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have produced a document illustrating the public consultation we will endeavour to undertake for each type of application.

Commenting on an application

All comments on planning applications are available for the public to view. Normally, these comments are not available until a decision has been made on an application. Applications that are to be determined by Committee are the exception to this rule. All comments received on applications that will be determined by the Planning Application Committee will be published as part of the report to the Committee. You can view Planning Applications Committee dates, agendas, reports and minutes at the link below.

You may comment on applications by email, quoting the planning application number, to or by using our online comments form. You will find the online comments form below the details of each application. You can find the application you are looking for by using our applications search page. The link to this page is detailed below.

You are advised that the Council scans all representations made on applications in their entirety and may make them publicly available through its website as part of the online documentation. If you object to this you should clearly say so at the beginning of your letter or email.