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Planning applications

Pre-application advice

Submit and pay for your planning application

Submit an application Pay for your application


In person or by post  

Download and complete an application form and submit it together with your cheque (made payable to London Borough of Hackney), in person or by post to: Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London E8 1DY.

We will process major applications within 13 weeks, and other applications in eight weeks. Our preferred method of contact is email when notifying customers of their planning applications. Please help us achieve a paperless office by providing us with your email address when submitting your planning applications and making sure your email accounts are set to receive our emails.  

Search for / comment on a planning application

It can take up to five working days for planning documents to appear on the system once the application has been submitted. 

Search for and comment on a planning application


         - Current applications (up to 6 months)
         - Historic applications (up to 2008)
         - Tree preservation orders

Consultation: Article 4 Direction for The Chesham Arms Public House 15 Mehetabel Road, London, E9 6DU

An Article 4 Direction has been made to remove immediately the permitted development rights to change the use at The Chesham Arms Public House at 15 Mehetabel Road, London, E9 6DU. Find out more and have your say.

Office-to-residential permitted development rights

New change of use permitted development rights allow premises in B1(a) office use to change to C3 residential use, subject to prior approval covering flooding, highways and transport issues and contamination.

Prior approval means that an applicant has to seek approval from the local planning authority that specified elements of the development are acceptable before work can proceed.

Hackney placed a successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government to seek an exemption to these new permitted development rights in certain areas of Hackney. 

Larger home extensions

Legislation allowing larger single-storey rear extensions to be built under permitted development rules has been passed. The new size limits will be subject to a neighbour consultation scheme (PDF, 38KB) and you will need to provide us with the information in the householder prior approval notification checklist (PDF, 25KB).

Planning arrangements for Hackney Wick

The London Legacy Development Corporation is now the local planning authority for the area of Hackney Wick east of the A12. All planning applications for this area should be submitted to them. 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The government has introduced a new charge called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Hackney's Community Infrastructure Levy will be paid by developers to help fund the infrastructure required to support development.

The Mayor of London also introduced a Mayoral CIL to fund Crossrail.

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Page updated: 5 Mar 2015 

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Contact details

Planning Duty Desk
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Opening Times
In person: 10am-12 noon; 2pm-4pm (Mon-Fri).
Phone: 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri)
Tel:020 8356 8062
Fax:020 8356 8110