Planning policies and practices shape development proposals for the physical and economic regeneration of our borough. They cover everything from large redevelopment schemes to small housing developments, changes of use of commercial property and residential extensions.
The Hounslow planning service covers planning policy, development control, planning enforcement, design and conservation.
Submission of planning applications
From 19 October 2015 all planning application submissions should be made electronically through the Planning Portal website: www.planningportal.gov.uk. All decision notices will now be issued electronically to the email address provided on the application form.
Hounslow’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was adopted on 14 July 2015, and became effective on the 24 July 2015.
Any planning permissions that are granted on or after 24 July 2015, will be liable to pay Hounslow’s CIL in addition to the Mayor of London CIL.
Changes regarding residential extensions
On 30 May 2013, new arrangements came into force affecting what a householder can build under new legislation. This change in the law will allow some householders to build larger single storey rear extensions - up to 8 metres deep (for detached houses) and 6 metres deep for all other houses.
For more information on this please see ou Single-storey rear extensions - new legislation page.
Search planning applications
The planning database also allows you to submit comments to us electronically or by email
You can also view the weekly and monthly planning applications and appeals.
Each week we publish details of certain applications and enforcement cases for which a decision is pending. This list is emailed to all councillors to comment if they wish.
For more information and to view the latest list see the pending decisions page.
Community Infrastructure Levy on new planning applications
A new charge called the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) was introduced in April 2012 to local developers, payable to the Mayor of London. Money is used to fund a wide range of infrastructure need as a result of a development.
For more information, visit the Community Infrastructure Levy web page.
Do I need planning permission?
Check the Planning Portal for planning and buildings regulations guidance. A number of informational mini guides are available for many common building work projects
Alternatively you can use the Planning Portal Interactive House tool
When submitting a planning application, please check that it complies with the relevant planning policies. The planning policy pages give more information on our current planning policies and the documents that you should be aware of.
Unitary Development Plan
The emerging new Local Plan
Residential Extension Guidelines
If you need further advice on this subject, please contact the policy team.
Making a planning application
Please note that if applications are submitted by PDF they will be published without redaction and personal information therefore will be visible. Applicants are invited to submit 2 versions of the form, one without personal information if they do not want information published.
Tel: 020 8583 5555
London Borough of Hounslow