Search or comment on planning applications
The planning applications database has records of all applications from 1986 onwards, including copies of decision notices and plans for newer applications. Information on older applications can be found in our collection of historic planning notices.
Before using the planning application database and collection of historic decision notices, you should read the terms and conditions of use and other information below.
Commenting on planning applications
Comments may be submitted online through our planning application database, by email to email@example.com, or in writing. When submitting your comments by email or letter, please remember to quote the reference number of the application and your name and address. We do not accept anonymous comments on applications, and any anonymous comments received will not be considered in our evaluation of an application.
Please note that by law your comments are open to inspection by the public. When you make a comment on an application we will not publish your personal details such as name, address and contact details on our website, however, please be aware that in certain circumstances your personal information may still become available to the public.
In some circumstances, your personal information may also be released under a Freedom of Information or Environmental Information request, but only where there is deemed to be a significant public interest in doing so. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Find out more about the information that we collect, and your rights, by reading our privacy notice.
To find out more about commenting on applications, including what we will consider and what we won’t, please see our guidance on commenting on a planning application.
Plans and application documents
Applications on the planning application database that were received after 2006 will usually include a copy of the application plans and some of the application documents. These can be found on the application record under the ‘Documents’ tab.
We aim to display the most up-to-date plans for a planning application, however, occasionally an application may be revised after it is submitted. This can mean that the drawings shown on the web are not the latest that we have received. For decided applications you can check on this yourself by matching the drawing reference numbers with the drawing numbers given on the decision notice.
Decision notices for most applications received from 1986 onwards can be found on the planning application database. Older decision notices can be found in the collection of historic planning notices. If a decision notice is missing from the planning application database and our collection of historic notices, you can request an electronic copy of the notice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old application reference numbers
Planning applications made between 1984 and 1996 will often have a different format of reference number. You will need to change the format to make it work in our planning applications database.
For example, old references such as 1083/87/23247 or 93/1325/36769 would need to change to a format of: YY/XXXXX/PLANAP, where ‘YY’ stands for the year code and ‘XXXXX’ is the case reference number, which must be a five-digit number. Please note that you might need to add ‘0’ in front of your case reference number. In the cases above, the revised format for the reference numbers would be: 87/01083/PLANAP and 93/01325/PLANAP.
Other historic planning information
As well as the online resources described above, we also have an archive of older planning application files. We do not have files on all properties within Lambeth - only those where a planning application has been submitted. There are few planning application files from before the 1960s and many older properties have no planning history at all. Planning files will often contain floor plans and elevation drawings but very rarely include details of construction, electrical layout, plumbing or sewerage.
If you would like to view an original planning application file we can order the file from our archive and arrange a viewing appointment at our Brixton office. This will usually take about five working days and there is a fee of £5 for each file retrieved, payable on viewing. To minimize the cost we recommend that you are as specific as possible about the planning application or applications you are interested in. You can use the online planning application database and collection of historic planning notices to narrow down your request.
Please email your file viewing requests to email@example.com with the following details:
- The address of the property.
- Details of the application that you wish to view (ideally with a reference number).
- Your name.
- A phone number where we can contact you to make a viewing appointment.
- Confirmation that you will pay the file retrieval fee at your viewing.
Our planning files cannot be taken away from our office but we do offer a photocopy service on request. Any plans or documents that you select for copying that are A3 or a smaller size can be copied at the viewing appointment for a small cost. Larger plans cannot be copied at the viewing, but at an additional cost, can be scanned and sent electronically after the viewing. Please note the copyright restriction on the use of copied documents described below.
Terms and conditions of use
The data that the planning applications database draws on is incomplete, so it must not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal local land charge search. The database includes details of applications dating back to 1986.
No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the information obtained from the planning applications database. Any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer's own risk.
Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council are protected by the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 (Section 47). You may only use material that is downloaded or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes, and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Copies must not be made for other purposes without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
If you have any concerns about any of the information that we display through the planning applications database, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your concerns against our policies and take appropriate action.