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
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. Please use the links on this page.
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.
You can no longer pay for your application by cheque you will need to pay via the planning portal when submitting your application.
New File naming convention
We have changed the way we deal with supporting documents for planning applications. If your documents are named correctly according to our naming convention, this will assist us in the validation of the application in a more efficient and effective way.
If the documents are not named correctly the validation process can be delayed. It is therefore in your best interest to use our naming convention
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.
Hounslow Local Plan 2015 – 30 and Local Plan Reviews
The Local Plan sets out the Council’s spatial vision for the development of the Borough over the next 15 years, up to 2030. The Plan was adopted on the 15 September 2015, and can be accessed on the Planning Policy webpages.
Hounslow is currently conducting two local plan reviews, details can be found on the Local Plan pages. consultation ends on the 22 February 2016 to account for the Christmas break.
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 on 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.
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London Borough of Hounslow