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Submitting planning applications

When you submit a planning application, it is essential that you submit the relevant information with your application, in the appropriate format and with the correct fee (see paying for planning applications) so that we can validate and process your application efficiently. Guidance on the information required to be submitted with an application is available via the relevant link on the left of this page.

A planning application can be submitted either in paper format or electronically through the Planning Portal.

If you use the paper format, the validation process is quicker if you provide a CD with electronic versions of large drawings or reports. Please read our guidance note on the electronic submission of planning drawings and supporting documents (10KB).

You can download application forms and guidance notes for planning permission, listed building consent, advertisement consent, works to trees and more.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of the Built Environment to obtain pre-application advice before the submission of a planning application.

Submission of a viability appraisal

The City of London Local Plan requires the submission of a viability appraisal in support of a planning application in a number of circumstances, principally in relation to the provision of affordable housing or the loss of existing office floorspace.

The City of London Corporation considers that information submitted as part of, or in support of a viability appraisal, should be available for public inspection alongside other planning application documents. The City Corporation will therefore expect a viability appraisal to be prepared and submitted in the expectation that they will be made publicly available.

The City Corporation recognises that, in limited circumstances, an exemption from disclosure to the public may be appropriate. In considering requests for exemption from public disclosure the City Corporation will need to be satisfied that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Where exemption is agreed, the City Corporation will expect the applicant to provide summary information, or redacted information, in a form that can be disclosed.

General data protection regulations 2018 privacy notice

The City Corporation is a data controller, and processes the personal data you provide, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. For full details of how and why the City of London Corporation processes personal data, please refer to the full privacy notice, along with the relevant departmental layers, available on our privacy page or contact us to request a hard copy. Please direct all data protection queries to the Information Compliance Team.