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The planning application process

  • Planning, conservation and building control

The planning application process can be broken down into four main stages.  You may wish to View a flow chart diagram of the application and decision making process

1. Application received

We receive and check you application. We'll let you know if there is anything missing. You'll then have up to 35 days to supply what's missing or you will have to re-apply.

2. Case officer allocation and consultation

We'll then allocate a case officer to your application who may visit your proposed development.

We'll also ask anyone that may be affected by your proposed development to comment. This is called a consultation and lasts up to 21 days. Depending on the type and size of your application, we may consult using one or more of the following methods:

  • Individual letters to neighbours
  • Site notice (usually attached to lamp posts or other fixture near site)
  • Press adverts

3. Decision

At the end of the consultation period the case officer will make a decision to grant or refuse your application based on the council's local plan, planning policies and any comments from the consultation.

Household and minor applications are normally completed within 8 weeks.

Large or controversial developments are decided by the council's planning committee and can take 13 weeks or longer (through a formal planning performance agreement) to decide.

4. Appeal

You have the right to lodge a planning appeal if:

  • you believe an incorrect decision has been reached
  • a decision has not been made within the above statutory timeframes stated above
  • your application has not been validated


  • Planning
  • Development and Regulatory Services, London Borough of Barnet,
    Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 3000
  • Email: planning.enquiry@barnet.gov.uk

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