Apply for planning permission

Community Infrastructure Levy

CIL came info effect in Runnymede on 1 March 2021. Development proposing residential (including extensions and outbuldings) and/or offices, where net additional floorspace is 100 square metres (sqm) or more or proposes 1 or more dwellings is affected by the CIL charge. Planning applications for these developments must now be accompanied by a 'CIL Additional Information form' which is available on the Planning Portal website (form 1). Without this form the application will be invalid. For further information on CIL including details of the Council's CIL Charging Schedule can be found here.


Coronavirus pandemic

Please be advised that the Runnymede Planning team are doing their very best to provide our normal service to our customers. However, there may be times when we may take longer to deal with your enquiry. Please bear with us, in these exceptional times.

We may not be able to carry out extensive site visits, so if you are submitting an application, we would appreciate some recent photographs to help us process your application and we have Icon for pdf produced a guide for applicants/agents [171.65KB].


The quickest and easiest way to apply for planning permission is via the Planning Portal website. 

Apply online now, or check our guide below if you're new to the planning application process.

Step 1 - Check if you need planning permission

Not all work requires planning permission. You can check whether you need planning permission by using the interactive guide on the Planning Portal.

If you're still unsure, visit our Planning advice page.

Step 2 - Find the right application form

There are different types of planning application which require different forms. The Planning Portal asks questions to guide you to the correct form. You can either complete your application online, or print out the form and send us your application in the post. Pdf forms can be downloaded from our Planning application forms page.

Step 3 - Check what you need to submit

Before submitting your planning application you need to check what additional information you need to provide. Our Icon for pdf Validation Document [303.39KB] explains the local requirements.

Step 4 - Submit your application and pay fees

You can submit your application for planning permission, along with any supporting information on the Planning Portal website. You can even pay your fees there.

If you'd prefer to apply by post you can still pay for a planning application online. You can also pay by cheque (please put the Planning Portal reference on the back) or email planning@runnymede.gov.uk or call 01932 425131.

What happens next?

When we receive an application, a Planning Officer will check if anything is missing. If so, they will write to the agent or applicant explaining what is required.

Once we have all the correct information, the application will be registered. From registration, applications normally take a maximum of eight weeks to be determined, with the exception of:

  • major applications which take a maximum of 13 weeks
  • Householder Prior Notification (Larger Home Extensions) applications which take a maximum of 42 days.

If we need to extend these time limits for any reason, the Case Officer will let you know.

A Decision Notice will be sent to the agent or applicant with the outcome of your application.

You may also track your application via Runnymede Interactive Maps or via the Council's planning applications search.

The easiest way to apply for planning permission is via the Planning Portal, where you can submit you application and payment online. However, if you would prefer to download a pdf copy of the application form, you will find links to the forms on this page.
Links to 'help text' guidance for you to read when completing a planning application form.
With any formal planning consent there are a number of plans/drawings which are required to be submitted