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Pre-application and general advice

Before making any formal planning application it is often advisable to discuss your proposal with us.

The Council now provides a Pre-Planning Application Advice Service. Under this new scheme charges apply for some development proposals. Householder extensions are exempt from pre-application charges.

The Council has produced a number of other guides which are:

In addition, your attention is drawn to The Party Wall Act 1996, which affects anyone intending to carry out building work that involves one or more of the following:

  • Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property
  • Building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building

Communities and Local Government (CLG) produces a number of guidance booklets to outline the types of development that require approval:

Copies of these can also be obtained by contacting The Contact Centre, Bexley Civic Offices.

General planning advice

Please contact the Development Control team about any general issues.

The Council has also produced a document outlining issues that should be considered once planning permission has been granted. These include encroachment, construction noise and dust, site safety, etc. A copy of this information sheet ( Construction site issues - A guide for residents) can be found under related downloads.

Planning Reception

A planning reception service is available at The Contact Centre, Bexley Civic Offices for all general planning and development enquiries. You can also research planning history and view plans on submitted applications and we can deal with any building control, land charges and planning policy enquiries you may have.

If you wish to research specific property history you should contact the Customer Services team in advance to ensure all the information you require will be available.

Contact can be made either in person at reception or by email or telephone. Please note that at peak times the reception can be extremely busy, therefore if your enquiry is of a complicated nature or you wish to research more than one site we ask that you give 24 hours notice. A charge is made for the production of decision notices, plan copying and history searches, etc.

Please Note: There are no on-site Visitor Spaces but there are Public Car Parks at both the rear (Albion Road) and front (Cinema Car Park) of the Civic Offices.

Duty planning officer

A duty planning officer is available between 10am to 12 noon Monday to Friday to answer planning related queries. This may include permitted development enquiries, questions about current planning applications or straightforward pre-application discussions. The duty planning officers will do all they can to help but please remember that the service is not designed to provide detailed advice, which should be done, where necessary, by appointment directly with our planning officers. The Duty Planning Officer operates on a rota system and you may be seen by a different person from day to day.