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Formal Pre-application Advice service

Why should I apply for pre-application advice before submitting an application?

The pre-app fees have increased from 1 April 2018. Please see the 'Pre-application Charging Guidance Note LBI (April 2018)' document at the bottom of the page under related documents.

We strongly recommend you seek pre-application advice from us before formally submitting an application although you are not required to do so.

The Pre-application procedure provides the following benefits:

  • Avoid costly mistakes and save time
  • Understand planning policy requirements and constraints that apply to your site
  • Identify potential problems early on and work to explore potential solutions
  • Receive advice about how to improve your development proposal

A guidance note explaining the pre-application procedure and fees is available to download at the bottom of this page.

After reading the guidance note, you should complete a pre-application request form email this along with your supporting documents to

Planning Performance Agreements

For major development proposals we advise applicants to use a Planning Performance Agreement

Help Yourself and Speed up the Process

We want to provide you with the best advice we can. By doing some work yourself before you ask for advice you can speed up and simplify the process. You can:

  • Find details of Islington’s planning policies
  • Check if any constraints apply to your site
  • Check previous planning applications at your site and neighbouring properties
  • Check what information is required to be submitted with your application
  • Check the fee for your application

We also suggest that you think about who might be affected by your development proposals and talk to them about your plans.

Permitted Development

If you believe the works you are proposing are Permitted Development but would like confirmation of this, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness (proposed). The interactive house on the Planning Portal is a useful tool for understanding Permitted Development rights for dwelling houses.

Duty Officer

The Council continues to provide advice to residents that may be affected by a development proposal through the Duty Officer Service that operates Mon-Fri from 9am- 1pm.

Click here for more information on the scope of the service and to book an appointment.

Building Control

Many development works require Building Regulations approval. This is completely separate from planning permission. You can contact the Council’s Building Control Team for advice on Building Regulations requirements.

Choosing an Architect

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) was set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects. ARB maintains the Architects Register which lists every architect in the UK. For an individual to use the title architect they must be registered with the ARB. There are around 34,000 registered architects and you can search online to find an architect near you.

Party Wall Agreement

If proposals include development that would affect the shared party wall between two properties you may need a party wall agreement. This is a civil matter between two private landlords in which the Council would not get involved. Advice about party walls can be found here.


Charges of Pre-Application advice, Planning Performance

Agreements, Design Review Panel and other services


Development Proposals



Householder Developments

· Charge for written advice:


£278.00 + VAT = £333.60


· Charge for written advice


with site visit:


£453.00 +VAT = £543.60


· Charge for follow-up advice:


£180.00 + VAT = £216.00


Listed Buildings

· Charge for written advice:


(householder development for

£414.00 + VAT = £496.80


Statutory Listed Buildings)

Charge for written advice with


site visit:


£595.00 + VAT = £714.00


· Charge for follow-up advice:


£206.00 + VAT = £247.20



Small Scale Minors

· Charge for written advice:



Creation of 1 – 3 residential

£788.00 + VAT = £945.60


units or floor space up to

· Charge for written advice






with site visit:




£1,153.00 + VAT = £1,383.60


· Air conditioning / plant /

· Charge for follow-up advice:





Amendments to previously

£660.00 + VAT = £792.00


approved schemes.


· Approval of details /


discharge of conditions.


· Advice relating to listed


building / conservation /


heritage advice for a property


which is not a single dwelling


house or residential flat.



Large Scale Minors

· Charge for site visit/meeting


· Creation of 4 – 6 residential

and written advice:



£1,838.00 + VAT = £2,205.60


· Creation of 500 – 699

· Charge for follow-up meeting


sq.m floorspace.


and written advice:


£1,142.40 + VAT = £1,370.88



Large Scale Minors


Charge for site visit/meeting


Creation of 7–9 residential units; or


and written advice:


£2,204.00 + VAT =


Creation of 700 – 999sq.m





· Charge for follow-up meeting


and written advice: £1,372.80


+ VAT = £1647.36


Major Schemes


Charge for site visit/meeting and


10 to 20 residential units or


written advice:


1,000 to 1,999sq.m of commercial


£7,956.00 + VAT = £9,547.20


floor space.

· Charge for follow up meeting


and written advice:


£2,367.00 + VAT = £2,840.40



Major Schemes


Charge for site visit/meeting and


21 residential units or more; or


written advice:


2,000sq.m of more of commercial


£10,440.00 + VAT = £12,528.00


floor space.

· Charge for follow up meeting


and written advice:


· £5,220.00 + VAT = £6,264.00



Planning Performance Agreement


For a scheme involving a 5a Major


· £7,920.00 + VAT = £9,504.00


Development scheme



Planning Performance Agreement


· £9,000.00 + VAT = £10,800.00


For a scheme involving a 5b Major


Development scheme



Major - Planning Performance


Agreement Package:

· 28,888.81 + VAT = 34,666.57


Includes: initial meeting, follow up


meeting, one Design Review Panel


and agreement to take forward


bespoke determination period into


application stage.



PPA Bespoke:



To be negotiated


To be agreed for any application


proposing >150 residential units


and/or >20,000sqm commercial





Conditions: Planning Performance


· £2,400 +VAT = 2,880.00 (set




up fee)


Initial set up fee and then a charge of


· £500.00 + VAT = £600.00 per


£500 per condition forming part of the




agreement (to reflect likely hourly




Meetings to be charged for in addition



Planning Performance Agreement


· £2,400.00 + VAT = £2,880.00




For Major 5a Development Type.


Additional charges for meetings and


unforeseen / extra costs to the LPA



Planning Performance Agreement


· £5,000.00 + VAT = £6,000.00




For Major 5b development type.


Additional charges for meetings and


unforeseen / extra costs to the LPA


Planning performance



To be negotiated.




Relating to a development of


>150 residential units or


>20,000sqm of commercial floorspace



Extension of Time - Small scale


£500 + VAT = £600.00


Extension of Time – minor 4a


£1,200 + VAT= £1,440.00


Extension of Time – minor 4b

· £1,600 + VAT = £ 1,920.00


Extension of Time – Majors 5a

· £7,956.00 + VAT = £9,547.20


Extension of Time Majors 5b

· £10,440.00 + VAT = £12,528.00



Design Review Panel


£4,229.00 + VAT = £5,074.80



£3,239.00 + VAT =£3,886.80


(second/third meeting)


Streetbook Surgeries


£1,582.00 + VAT = £1,898.40


Officer research/correspondence

· £137.00 + VAT = £164.40


per hour



Express Enforcement

· £628.00 + VAT = £753.60



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