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Planning, Building Control and Local Land Charges

Be First are an independent regeneration company wholly owned by Barking and Dagenham Council to promote regeneration by creating great places and taking a holistic approach to building successful communities and increasing prosperity for all residents. As part of this partnership role, Be First provide the statutory Planning, Building Control and Local Land Charges services on behalf of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

In line with government guidance our Planning, Building Control and Local Land Charges teams are currently working fully remotely with all services available, but with face-to-face meetings or appointments are not available at this time. Building Control is operating as normal, but health and safety assessments are undertaken before entering a property. This is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our customers, employees and their families.

If you wish to contact the team, please in the first instance place your enquiry by email:

For more information about how our planning partner is supporting residents and businesses at this time please visit BeFirst.