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Planning application forms, checklists and fees

Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have read the Notes, fee sheets, checklists and guidance notes below.

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Apply online at the Planning Portal
Submit and pay for a planning application online.

Do I need planning permission? (Planning Portal website)


Applications must be complete and accurate

Your application may be made invalid, and the planning process delayed, if you do not provide the information required to support your application. The validation checklists contain notes on what standard of information is required; for instance drawings should be to scale and include a scale bar. Please note that national requirements include the submission of accurate, scaled drawings; and it is possible that a planning permission granted upon the basis of inaccurate plans could be rescinded.

Maps and copyright

The Planning department, and Merton Link, can no longer provide Ordnance Survey maps for use as site location plans. Please do not print copies of OS maps (or other copyrighted material) found using the online Planning Explorer in connection with existing applications as these cannot be accepted. Please also do not submit photocopies of copyrighted material (such as from OS maps in libraries) unless it is accompanied with a waiver from the copyright owner allowing you to use it for non-personal uses. The Planning Portal provides a mapping service, as does the National Map Centre; and there are free resources to be found on the web (these may be subject to personal-use clauses in licenses that may mean that they cannot be used for gain / making a planning application – it is your responsibility to check).


Application forms and validation checklists

Before submitting your application, please read the Planning Applications Advice page and complete the checklist below.

If you need to apply for two consent types, e.g. planning permission and listed building consent, combined forms are available that include the questions for both application types. If you use one of these combined forms, even though you only have to complete one form, it will be treated as two applications and you will be given two application numbers, one for each type of consent.

The guidance notes for completing a form are the same regardless of the form type.

No. Prior Approval forms
A Office to Residential/ Class J, Part 3, Schedule 2 Prior Approval
B Householder/ Class A, Part 1, Schedule 2 Prior Approval
C Notification for Prior Approval for Change of use from Shops (Class A1) and Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices , Pay Day Loan Shops (Sui Generis Uses) to Assembly and Leisure Uses (Class D2)
D Notification for Prior Approval for Change of Use from Shops (Class A1) Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops and Casinos (Sue Generis) to Restaurants and Cafes (Class A3)
E Notification for Prior Approval for Change of use from Amusement Arcades/Centres and Casinos, (Sui Generis Uses) and any land within its curtilage to Dwellinghouses (Class C3)
F Notification for Prior Approval for a Change of Use from Storage or Distribution Buildings (Class B8) and any Land  within its curtilage to Dwellinghouses (Class C3)
G Notification for Prior Approval for Development Consisting of the Erection or Construction of a Collection Facility within the Curtilage of a Shop
H Notification for Prior Approval for Installation or Replacement of Other Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Equipment on the roofs of Non-Domestic Buildings, up to a Capacity of 1 Megawatt, Subject to Certain Limits
I Notification for Prior Approval for the Temporary Use of Buildings or Land for the Purposes of Commercial Film-Making and Associated Temporary Structures, Works, Plant or Machinery Required in Connection with that Use


Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of a Building from Shops (Class A1), Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), a Betting Office, Pay Day Loan Shop, Launderette or a Mixed Use Combining Use as a Dwellinghouse with a Betting Office, Pay Day Loan Shop, Launderette, Shops (Class A1) or Financial and Professional Services (Class A2) to a use falling within Class C3 (Dwellinghouses), and for Associated Operational Development

No. Householder forms Checklist
1 Householder householder checklist
2 Householder and conservation area consent householder & conservation checklist
3 Householder and listed building consent householder & listed building checklist

No. Majors and Minors forms Checklist
CIL additional info form
4 Full planning permission full planning checklist

Outline permission with some matters reserved

For outline planning permission, with some details reserved at a later date.

outline and some reserved checklist

Outline permission with all matters reserved

For outline planning permission, with all details reserved for approval at a later date, for works to a commercial property and erection of dwellings.

outline all reserved checklist

Planning permission with conservation area consent

Use when planning permission is required AND conservation area consent is required for the demolition of a wall or full/substantial demolition of a building.

full plans and conservation checklist

Planning permission with listed building consent

For applications that require BOTH planning permission and listed building consent

full plans and listed building checklist

Planning permission and advertisement consent

Use when general planning permission and advertisement consent are required; e.g. the installation of new shop front AND display of fascia/projecting signs.

full plans and advert checklist

No. Conservation Area and Listed Building forms Checklist

Conservation area consent

Use when only conservation area consent is required for the full/substantial demolition of a building or structure.                                                         

conservation area checklist

Listed building consent

Use when works to a listed building do not require planning permission.

listed building checklist

No. Permitted Development forms Checklist

Lawful development certificate (proposed)

For the confirmation that changes of use, alterations and extensions do not require planning permission and have yet to be implemented/built.

proposed LDC checklist

Lawful development certificate (existing)

Use when confirmation that changes of use, alterations and extensions, which have already been built/implemented, do not require planning permission.

existing LDC checklist

No. Advert forms Checklist

Advertisement consent

Use when advert consent is required for any type of advertisement not covered by the deemed consent rules.                                                                

advert checklist

Advertisement and listed building consent

Use when BOTH advert consent and listed building consent are required.

advert and listed building checklist

No. Reserved Matters and Conditions forms Checklist

Approval of reserved matters

Use to gain approval of details that were reserved at initial outline permission stage; depending on what was submitted earlier, may include details such as height and design of buildings.

Approval of reserved matters - checklist

Variation or removal of condition

For the alteration or complete removal of conditions imposed upon a planning permission; such as hours of operation or obscure glazing.

vary or remove condition checklist

Discharge of condition

To meet the requirements of conditions that ask for further details to be approved at a later date, such as materials or tree protection plans. Please note that although there are no national requirements for approval of details reserved by condition; a fee will be levied for each application made after the 06 April 2008.

Not available

No. Minor amendments form Help text Guidance notes
19 Non-material amendments form Non-material amendments help text Non-material guidance

No. Trees, Telecommunications and other forms Guidance notes Checklist

Telecommunications prior notification

Use when prior notification has to be given for the erection of telecommunications apparatus.                                                                                                            

Not available Telecommunications prior notification - checklist

Tree works

For work to trees subject to a tree preservation order (TPO), and trees in conservation areas.

Not available Tree works - checklist
22 Pre-app advice request Pre-app advice guidance Not available
23 Evidence of Marketing Not available Not available
24 Sustainability Checklist Not available Not available
25 Sample Notice Not available Not available

No. Unilateral Undertaking templates UU templates - Word versions for easy editing
26 Currently under revision Currently under revision

S.106 Unilateral Undertaking templates are currently under revision and will be uploaded to this page in due course.  Please see the following guidance on Unilateral Undertakings for contacts for obtaining templates, and Merton's legal fees for preparing, checking and approving S106 agreements and undertakings, and other relevant agreements:  S106/Unilateral Undertaking Templates Guidance.  For more information see the council's S.106 page.

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London Borough of Merton
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Telephone: 020 8545 3777

This page was last updated on Thursday 14 April 2016

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