Other application forms: prior approval and prior notification

Prior approval/prior notification

There are several types of proposal where applicants must submit either a prior approval or prior notification form to the local planning authority prior to a development taking place. 

Demolition

Prior approval is needed for the demolition of buildings used for residential purposes or where the building is adjacent to such a building and is located outside a conservation area. 

The quickest and easiest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal.

Apply online

Below is the checklist and downloadable form. If you aren't applying online, you will need to post this application to the address on the form.

Checklist for prior notification of proposed demolition

Download application form for prior notification of proposed demolition

Download the written request form

Telecommunications

Prior approval is needed for telecommunications equipment such as antennae, cabins and satellite dishes.

The quickest and easiest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal.

Apply online

Below is the checklist and downloadable form. If you aren't applying online, you will need to post this application to the address on the form.

Checklist for prior notification of proposed development in respect of permitted development by telecommunications code systems operators
Download application form for prior notification of proposed development in respect of permitted development by telecommunications code systems operators

Statutory undertakers

A number of statutory undertakers such as London Underground and the Utility Companies have permitted development rights to carry out development under the General Permitted Development Order and Acts of Parliament. The council's prior approval is needed for detailed design and external appearance of a new building. This can cover Crossrail proposals, electricity substations, and works to underground stations.

Temporary flexible change of use

Notification is needed for some temporary changes of use as a result of amendments to permitted development rights introduced in May 2013.

Checklist for temporary flexible change of use

Download notification form for temporary flexible change of use - post it to PO Box 732, Redhill, RH1 9FL

Download the written request form

Change of use from office to dwelling(s)

Notification is needed to determine whether prior approval is required for a change of use from offices to residential use as a result of amendments to permitted development rights introduced in May 2013.

Checklist for change of use from office to dwelling(s)

Download notification form for change of use from office to dwelling(s)

Change of use of a building from a Retail Use (Use Class A1 or A2) or a Mixed Retail and Residential Use to a use falling within Use Class C3 (Dwellinghouse)

Notification is needed to determine whether prior approval is required for a change of use from retail/mixed retail to residential use as a result of amendments to permitted development rights introduced in April 2014.

Download application form for prior approval of proposed change of use of a building from a Retail Use (Use Class A1 or A2) or a Mixed Retail and Residential Use to a use falling within Use Class C3 (Dwellinghouse).

Larger home extensions 

Notification is needed for certain types of larger single storey rear house extensions as a result of amendments to permitted development rights introduced in May 2013.

Checklist for larger home extensions

Download notification from for larger home extensions

Changes of use from restaurants, cafes, takeaways or pubs to retail, and changes of use from takeaways or pubs to restaurants and cafes

As a result of amendments to permitted development rights introduced in April 2015 such changes of use may not require planning permission. However before the change of use takes place the developer must send a written request to the council to find out whether the building has been nominated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The change of use mustn't begin within 56 days of submitting your written request to the council. If the building is nominated as an ACV, the change of use will require planning permission and it can't be undertaken using permitted development rights.

Download the written request form 


Last updated: 21 November 2016
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