Submitting a planning application

How to submit a planning application

The most effective method of submitting your application form is online via the Planning Portal.

It's important you include all relevant information (eg drawings, photos, other supporting documents etc) for your application to be processes as quickly as possible. Please also provide an email address where available for quicker contact.

How to avoid delays in processing your application

An application will only be made valid and progressed once we receive all necessary items. These may include an appropriate fee, plans and any other supporting documentation where applicable.

Applications are often made invalid for the following reasons:

  • unpaid application fees
  • site plan not submitted, or site plan submitted but not adequately identifying the site (to be edged in red)
  • existing and proposed plans not showing a site and scheme accurately
  • drawings submitted without a scale bar, without a written scale (eg 1:100), without clearly annotated dimensions and/or displaying a 'do not scale' bar

Incorrectly completed application forms with:

  • incorrect site address details (eg flat number not stated)
  • incorrect or incomplete descriptions of a development which do not include all aspects of the proposal requiring planning permission
  • missing ownership certificates
  • forms not dated and unsigned

Missing supporting documents required for specific types of application, such as: 

  • Design and Access Statement
  • Heritage Statement (for properties within a conservation area)
  • Schedule of Works (for Listed Buildings)
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Daylight and Sunlight Impact Assessment
  • Noise Assessment, Air Quality Assessment, Arboricultural/Construction/Environment/Management Plan, etc

Validation checklists

Before you submit your application, use our validation checklists to ensure that you have prepared all the required documents. If you don't include all the required documents, your application will be made invalid. It's also important to refer to the fee list before submitting your application.

Further planning application guidance

To view further guidance on validation requirements for more complex application types, see the list on the further guidance page.

Further information

All planning applications must be accompanied by a CIL Additional Information Form (Assessment Form). The completed form will provide necessary information to allow us to determine whether the development is liable for the Mayoral and Southwark Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Please see the Planning Portal's guidance for additional details on CIL.

The owner of the land is responsible to pay the levy, unless another party has assumed liability. An Assumption of CIL Liability Form can be submitted to the council with the planning application to ensure that the CIL liability notice is issued to the correct party.

Please see the council’s data protection standards for further information on data protection.

Please see the delegated report authorising consultation on the revised validation checklists (pdf, 176kb) for further background on these changes.

If the above documents don't provide the information you require, email your enquiry to:

Page last updated: 10 February 2020