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The development management team deals with all the planning applications in the borough. We are a proactive service focused on delivering the right outcomes for those who live, work and do business in the borough by ensuring that all new development makes a positive contribution to Barking and Dagenham. From 1 October 2012 the Council is committed to dealing with all major planning applications within 26 weeks. This is the Council’s Planning Guarantee promise.

When we determine each planning application our starting point are the policies and guidance in the council's Local Plan but we also take into account government guidance, the individual merits of each scheme and any comments received. The Local Development Framework includes guidance on what residential extensions and alterations are acceptable.

We are committed to ensuring that people respect the law and therefore we work closely with the planning enforcement team to ensure that breaches of planning control are investigated and action taken if necessary.

We also deal with the management of matters relating to trees covered by tree preservation orders and trees in conservation areas.

Search for an application 

View details of a planning application

Comment online on a planning application

Obtain weekly lists of planning applications that have been received

Do you need permission? 

Do you need planning permission?

How can you have a successful planning application?

Types of permission

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order

Make a planning application 

Submitting a planning application

Details of the application process

Pre-application advice and charging

Application forms and validation criteria

Planning fees

Planning conditions

Comment on a planning application 

A quick guide to commenting on a planning application

Decisions, appeals, S106 agreements, CIL 

About the Development Control Board

View Development Control Board agendas and minutes

Appeals against decisions

S106 Agreements

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Further guidance and information 

Planning advice notes

Design and access statements

Lifetime Homes

Planning and flood management

Conservation areas and listed buildings

Supplementary planning documents


Residents Urban Design Forum