Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate

You can use this service to confirm that changes you've made or want to make to a property do not need planning permission. Before using the service, find out more about Lawful Development Certificates

You will be able to save and work on your application at any time.

Before you start

You will need:

  • a desktop or laptop computer
    • the service doesn’t work fully on mobile devices or tablets yet
    • do not use a shared computer
  • plans and drawings to support your application in PDF, JPG or PNG format - you will be prompted for documents as you go
  • a credit or debit card to pay any planning fees

Start your application

Things to note

Some projects are not included in this service yet, including:

  • large scale projects
  • applications relating to a planning condition
  • applications on properties without a postcode or address
  • dropped kerbs
  • applications affecting multiple properties
  • some mixed-use projects (such as a conversion from one purpose into several new purposes)

If you're unsure, contact us at

Only you will be able to see your application. At the moment, you cannot give access to a third party, for example inviting someone to complete the application or pay the fee.

Share your feedback

This service is in development, so you may encounter bugs and issues. We appreciate your time and feedback as it helps us improve the service.

Feedback button

We welcome all feedback - positive and negative. Use the feedback button (found at the top and bottom of each page) to record comments or report issues. 


After you've sent your application, we'll invite you to complete a short survey sharing your thoughts. You may also be invited to participate in a short research interview.

For more information, email

Page last updated: 21 November 2023


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