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Planning applications

Pre-application advice

Submit and pay for your planning application

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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

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. 

You can also access a more detailed map that can be zoomed in to individual property level to find out whether or not a particular property is in the exempt areas:

  1. Enter and select the address you would like to check from Find My Nearest. A speech bubble and green pin will appear over the selected address. 
  2. Within the speech bubble, click the link which says 'view detailed map of this property'. A new browser window will open. 
  3. On the left hand side, open 'Environment and Planning', then 'LDF', then 'Dynamic Creative Economy', and then select 'PLA Areas Exempt from Office to Residential'. 
  4. The areas exempt from the new permitted development rights will be shaded in a translucent red colour with a red boundary. If the searched property falls within this boundary, it is exempt from the new permitted development rights.

Prior approval fees for change of use is set at £80.

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: 18 Nov 2014 

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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