Make a planning application

Elmbridge has some of the highest land values and property prices in the country. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for residents to find reasonably priced homes either to buy or to rent. However, it also means that nearly all development for new homes in the borough can make full affordable housing and CIL contributions. 

We, as a council, are committed to doing everything in our power to address the housing crisis and to maintain the transparency and accountability of our decisions. As such we publish all financial viability appraisals submitted as part of planning applications received on or after Monday 19 March 2018 alongside other planning documents on our website.

This page will explain what you need to do to make a planning application in Elmbridge.

Steps to take

Step 1 - Check if you require planning permission and get advice

We offer a number of ways you can get advice and find out about what you can do without the need to apply for permission.

Get advice before applying   

Step 2 - Find the right application form

There are a variety of types of planning application with their own forms. By answering the questions on the National Planning Portal you will be guided to the correct form for your application which you can complete online.

If you don't want to complete your application online you can print a form here.  

Step 3 - Check what you need to submit

To prevent avoidable delays or refusals, you must ensure that your application submission is accompanied with all necessary reports to meet policy requirements. Failure to provide everything needed, will result in your application remaining invalid. 

Check our validation checklist here.

You may also need to refer to our guidance on flood risk and sustainable drainage.

Step 4 - Submit your application and pay fees

The Planning Portal has a fee calculator to help you work out the correct fee for your application. Alternatively, you can view the full list of fees on the Planning Portal.

The easiest and quickest way to submit your application is to use the Planning Portal website, where you can make your application and payment online. If you don't want to use the Planning Portal you can print a form and apply by post. 

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