Considering an application

We receive more than 5000 applications a year, each assigned to a planning officer who will be your key contact.

What happens once an application has been made

Every submitted application will be registered and acknowledged, and a planning officer will be assigned to it as Case Officer. If you have provided an email address then all further communications will be electronic.

This case officer coordinates all relevant consultations, site visits and negotiations, reviewing planning policies to ultimately make a recommendation to the Executive Director for Planning and Borough Development.

If you need to speak to a planning officer it is recommended you make an appointment: Please call PlanningLine on 020 7361 3012.

Site visits

We'll visit the site before making a recommendation - in many cases we may need to make an appointment unless the site is visible from a public area. If a site isn't required we'll let you know.

In considering all impacts we sometimes view the site from neighbouring properties and we'll make the necessary arrangements directly.

Revisions to planning applications prior to determination

In some circumstances the Case Officer may request amendments, often known as revisions, to proposed plans. There is no statutory requirement for revisions but we will accept them in limited circumstances, where time allows. You'll have a set time period in which to provide amended drawings, usually within very specific timeframes. If substantial amendments are required to make a scheme acceptable then we will offer you the opportunity to withdraw the application and resubmit it in an amended form.

Public consultation regarding planning applications

Most planning applications are subject to some form of public consultation, depending on the type and scale of the application: read our guidance on publicity of planning applications.

You can sign up for alerts on applications in your area by creating an account on MyRBKC

If you have not been consulted regarding a property where building works are currently taking place, it could be that planning permission is not required. There are certain works that do not need planning permission, for example most internal works to unlisted buildings and, as such, they are not subject to public consultation. However, on occasion people do begin building works, or change the use of a property, without the correct planning consents in place. See our Enforcement page for further information and advice.

As an interested party you may be advised that amended drawings have been received and given a further time period in which to comment on the revised proposals. Please note that we do not consult upon amended drawings as a matter of course; the decision to consult would be for the case officer to make based upon individual circumstances.

We publish the majority of planning applications on our website. On occasion, if it is deemed a security risk to publish plans of a building, we may restrict viewing of these documents on the website. This normally only affects embassies, royal buildings and banks. You view applications via

Application search page
In person, in the Town Hall

You may also send your comments by email to or by post to the Town Hall address. Please include the reference number of the application and your full postal address.

We normally allow three weeks for comments on planning applications. Please submit your comments to the Council within the set timescales to ensure that your comments are taken into consideration. We aim to make decisions on applications soon after the close of the consultation period so comments received after the given period may not be taken into consideration when determining the application. The dates for the consultation period will be clearly advertised on any relevant documentation. You can also check this for each application on the Council’s website.

Sometimes applicants will withdraw an application and resubmit a similar scheme. Comments you may have made on the first application will not be routinely carried over to the new application as each application is considered on its own merits. If you still have concerns about the resubmission, please ensure you comment on the new scheme.

It is important that third parties express their views on an application but unfortunately, some of your concerns may not be issues we can consider when determining an application as they are not “material planning considerations”.

Issues we can and cannot take into consideration are listed below. This list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only.

Material Planning Considerations (issues we can consider)

  • loss of light
  • loss of privacy/increase in overlooking
  • design/appearance of a development
  • increase in smells (from a proposed restaurant for example)
  • noise from equipment that forms part of the development (air conditioning units or extractor flues for example)

Non Material Planning Considerations (issues we cannot consider)

  • loss of property value
  • land ownership or issues affecting the party wall (these are dealt with under separate legislation)

Other possible approvals

For further advice please see other possible approvals.