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Property development toolkit

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The online toolkit has been developed as an easy to use search tool for occupiers, building owners and developers who intend to undertake property alterations, refurbishment or redevelopment works.

The tool-kit will guide you through the planning and development process and signpost to all City Corporation approvals, certificates, notices, and licenses that you will need.

It also identifies any fees, legal agreements and/or deposits that you will need to undertake.

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  1. Concept
  2. Pre-planning
  3. Planning Submission
  4. Pre-construction
  5. Construction
  6. Post-construction

Showing 28 activities.

  1. Activity description:
    Guidance for all development work or alterations which may affect archaeological remains and monuments.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Historic Environment
  2. Activity description:
    Early planning guidance should be sought on planning policies and procedure. This would include guidance on scoping and screening where an environmental impact assessment is required. For general enquiries contact the planning team on 020 7332 1710, or use the planning contacts link.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Planning contacts
  3. Activity description:
    Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of the Built Environment to obtain pre-application advice before submitting a planning application.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Pre-application advice
  4. Activity description:
    An application is required under s73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission and or under regulation 19 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Application forms and guidance notes / Removal or variation of condition following grant of planning permission
  5. Activity description:
    Bridging over a highway (Section 176/1, Highways Act 1980). For further information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Bridging over a highway
  6. Activity description:
    Building over a highway. Section 177(1) of the Highways Act 1980. For further information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Building over a highway
  7. Activity description:
    Consent to fix or place any apparatus including overhead beam, rail, pipe, cable, wire, building maintenance units, cleaning cradles, festive lighting or other similar apparatus over, along or across a highway (section 178(1) of the Highways Act 1980). For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Fixing or placing overhead apparatus
  8. Activity description:
    Construction of buildings under a street. Section 179(1) of the Highways Act 1980. For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Construction of buildings under a street
  9. Activity description:
    Making entrances to cellars or vaults (openings in the footway of a street). Section 180(1) of the Highways Act 1980. For further information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Making of entrances to cellars or vaults
  10. Activity description:
    Carrying out works to admit air or light (works in a street principally pavement lights). Section 180(2) of the Highways Act 1980. For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Carrying out works to admit air or light
  11. Activity description:
    To alter, discontinue or declare a City walkway (City of London Various Powers Act 1967). For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Transport planning / City Walkways, Stopping Up, Diversions and Way finding Signs
  12. Activity description:
    To alter or arrange for a new pedestrian wayfinding sign. For further information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Transport planning / City Walkways, Stopping Up, Diversions and Way finding Signs
  13. Activity description:
    Stopping up or diverting a public highway to enable development to be carried out in accordance with a planning permission. Section 247(2A)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Transport planning / City Walkways, Stopping Up, Diversions and Way finding Signs
  14. Activity description:
    Opportunities to enhance the public realm in the vicinity of the proposed development including project agreement, approval, initiation and delivery, see link or contact the City Public Realm team.
    Topic:
    Public Realm
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit required.
    Read more:
    City Public Realm
  15. Activity description:
    Bridges and highway structures - for enquiries about one of the City's bridges or to report a defect see the link or contact our engineering team or call 020 7606 3030.
    Topic:
    Technical Approval of Structures
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Bridges and highway structures
  16. Activity description:

    Technical approval is the means by which the City Corporation ensures that as far as reasonably practicable any structure, new, existing or temporary that spans or supports the highway is fit for purpose and that adequate provision for inspection and maintenance has been made.

    Topic:
    Technical Approval of Structures
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Technical approval for highway structures
  17. Activity description:
    The District Surveyor's team provide  advice on building regulations to owners, occupiers, contractors, developers and householders. The advice includes domestic alterations to kitchens, bathrooms and electrical work, changes to partitioning (whether structural or not) in offices, extensions, shop fits and new builds. For more information or if you are not sure whether building regulations apply see the link or contact the District Surveyor's team or call 020 7332 1000.
    Topic:
    Building Regulations
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    What is Building Control?
  18. Activity description:
    Temporary road closures need three months notice. For more information see link and call 020 7332 3553/3554 for a road closure application pack.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highway licenses / Temporary road closures
  19. Activity description:
    Fees for highway licences and approvals.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highway licences / fees for licences and approvals
  20. Activity description:
    Guidance notes for activities on the public highway in the City of London, set out the standards expected when on-street works are carried out.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highway guidance note
  21. Activity description:
    The City Corporation is the highway authority for all streets in the City of London except Red Routes for which Transport for London is the highway authority. (TfL road network)
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highway licences / Red Routes
  22. Activity description:
    An application needs to be made, together with the fee payment at least five working days before the suspension starts.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Parking bay suspension
  23. Activity description:
    Where permitted development includes highway land which is owned by CoL, the developer should contact the City Surveyor to determine the necessary permissions or interest in the land which would be required from the CoL as land owner if it were to implement the proposed scheme. This would be dependent upon the nature of the scheme and the use that is intended and any decision would be subject to appropriate committee approvals. This is in addition to any consents issued by CoL in its statutory capacity as highway authority.
    Topic:
    City Land Ownership
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Contact the Corporate Property Group
  24. Activity description:
    Assistance with utilities, infrastructure and Wi-Fi.
    Topic:
    City Property Advisory Team
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Utilities, infrastructure and Wi-Fi
  25. Activity description:
    Advice on wayleaves including the City of London's Standardised Wayleave Toolkit.
    Topic:
    City Property Advisory Team
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Wayleaves
  26. Activity description:
    Assistance for occupiers, developers and property professionals.
    Topic:
    City Property Advisory Team
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    City Property Advisory Team
  27. Activity description:
    Telecom providers can connect to the underground box enabling businesses moving into a building to 'plug and play' using their chosen provider, without the need to dig up the streets to install new cabling.
    Topic:
    City Property Advisory Team
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Communal entry chambers
  28. Activity description:
    Planning application requirements when submitting an application for telecommunications equipment.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Telecommunications equipment

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