Skip to main content  
 
 

 

Property development toolkit

  •  
    Property Development toolkit logo

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.

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

Showing 41 activities.

  1. Activity description:
    Approval of details reserved by planning condition (NB Pre-commencement conditions need to be discharged before commencement).
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no 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/Approval of details reserved by condition
  2. Activity description:
    Formal notice of first preparatory operations and submission of details to discharge planning obligations (Highways Schedule, local training skills and job brokerage strategy) pursuant to s106 agreement.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no 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:
    Community Infrastructure Levy and Planning Obligations / Planning Obligations / s106 agreement template
  3. Activity description:
    Formal notice of commencement (demolition) pursuant to s106 agreement and payment of Community Infrastructure Levy within 60 days. More information is in the s106 template.
    Topic:
    Planning
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Community Infrastructure Levy and Planning Obligations / Planning Obligations / S106 agreement template
  4. Activity description:
    All permanent changes to the public highway require the developer to enter into a section 278 agreement (Highway Act 1980) with the CoL. The CoL will design and construct the highway works on behalf of the developer, at the developers cost. For more information see link or contact the Transportation Team
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Transport planning / Section 278 agreements
  5. Activity description:
    Deconstruction logistics plan (DLP). Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
    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:
    Deconstruction logistics plan, public highway adoption and vehicle crossings over footways and verges
  6. Activity description:
    Construction logistics plan (CLP). Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
    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 logistics plan, public highway adoption and vehicle crossings over footways and verges
  7. Activity description:
    Guidance on noise strategy and policy. Restrictions and limits on noise and vibration from a construction site (Section 60 and 61 Notices under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 Part III). For more information see link or contact the Pollution Control Team or call 020 7606 3030.
    Topic:
    Environmental Impact
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no 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:
    Noise strategy and policy
  8. Activity description:
    Mobile crane authorisation and structures notices. For more information see link or contact the Pollution Control Team or call 020 7606 3030.
    Topic:
    Environmental Impact
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no 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:
    Construction, demolition and street works / Mobile Cranes
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Activity description:
    Full plans under the Building Regulations 2010 - on most projects  details of the proposed building works need to be submitted for approval before the works are carried out. Full plans approvals are alsosubject to inspection during the course of the works at stages decided by the CoL. A Completion Certificate will be issued at satisfactory completion of the project. For more information 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 required.
    3. Certificate required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Full Plans application under the Building Regulations 2010
  13. Activity description:
    Building notices under the Building Regulations 2010 - Where any works to a residential dwelling (a house or a flat, but not the common parts of blocks) are undertaken, approval may be sought. A building inspector will approve the works as they are carried out by a process of inspection. A Completion Certificate will be issued at satisfactory completion of the project. For more information 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 required.
    4. Notice no required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Building Notice application under the Building Regulations 2010
  14. Activity description:
    Special or temporary structures under the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 (Part IV, Section 30) - In addition to building regulations approvals for permanent buildings, certain structures require consent from the CoL. For more information 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 required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Special and Temporary Structures
  15. Activity description:
    Demolition notice under section 80 of the Building Act 1984 - A demolition notice must be submitted with accompanying documents to advise of your intention to carry out demolition works, which must not commence until you have either received a counter notice of the CoL's conditions, or a period of six weeks has elapsed.
    Topic:
    Building Regulations
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval no required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License no required.
    6. Fee required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Demolition Notice under section 80 of the Building Act 1984
  16. Activity description:
    The Highways team must be notified of works that could affect street furniture or call 020 7606 3030. For more information see the link. The highways team provides Guidance Notes on activities on the public highway.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    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:
    Highway Licenses / Guidance notes for highway activities (PDF)
  17. Activity description:
    The Highways team must be notified of any work that could affect a fire hydrant. Hydrants cannot be used without a Thames Water licence
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highway licenses / Guidance notes for highway activities
  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:
    Approval for moving an Abnormal Load needs three working days notice. See link or apply to the engineering 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:
    Bridges and highway structures / Abnormal Loads
  20. Activity description:
    Building materials and skips are not allowed on the highway. Building materials and skips must be behind a hoarding for which a hoarding licence is needed. Refer to  Hoarding and Scaffolding.
    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:
    Highway licenses / Hoarding, scaffolding, building materials and skips
  21. Activity description:
    Any scaffold, hoarding or other structure erected on the public highway must have a licence
    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:
    Highway licenses / Hoarding, scaffolding, building materials and skips
  22. Activity description:

    The on-street concrete pump licence includes a pre and post pumping inspection of the local drainage system. Licence applications must be made at least two weeks in advance of proposed pumping. New concrete in the drainage system found during the post-inspection will be removed at the applicant's expense.

    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 required.
    Read more:
    Highway licences / Concrete pump on street
  23. Activity description:
    Trial holes in the highway.
    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:
    CoL webpage - Highway Licenses / Guidance notes for highway activities (PDF)
  24. Activity description:
    A parking bay suspension application and fee needs to be made at least five working days before the suspension commences.
    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, including disable and motorcycle bays
  25. Activity description:
    An application needs to be made together with the fee at least three days in advance of the requested start date.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no 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:
    Highway licenses / Parking dispensation
  26. Activity description:

    Technical approval (TA) 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 no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit required.
    Read more:
    Technical approval for highway structures
  27. Activity description:
    Vehicle crossovers allow vehicle access across the pavement and we normally only consider new, revised or temporary crossovers as part of redevelopment works.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement no 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:
    Highway licenses / Vehicle crossover and dropped kerbs
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Activity description:
    The Highways team must be notified of any work that could affect street lighting or illuminated street furniture.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    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 required.
    Read more:
    Street lighting
  33. Activity description:
    Considerate Contractor Scheme - for information on how the scheme operates and how to join contact the Considerate Contractor team or call 020 7332 1004.
    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:
    Considerate Contractor Scheme (CCS)
  34. Activity description:
    The highways team must be notified of work that could affect pavement lights, smoke extract panels, vaults and basements.
    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit required.
    Read more:
    Highway licences / Pavement lights, smoke extract, vaults and basements
  35. Activity description:

    Any site activity that oversails the highway, including tower cranes, hoists and other plant will require an indemnity. For an application pack call 020 7332 3553/3554 or contact the highways team.

    Topic:
    Highways & Transportation
    Developer actions:
    1. Early engagement required.
    2. Approval required.
    3. Certificate no required.
    4. Notice required.
    5. License required.
    6. Fee no required.
    7. Land interest no required.
    8. Deposit no required.
    Read more:
    Highways licences / Plant and temporary oversail of the highway
  36. Activity description:
    Drainage, sewers and fire hydrants.
    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:
    Highway licences / Guidance notes for highway activities (PDF)
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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

Notifications