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Document copy requests and file retrieval

We provide copies of planning and building control documents on request, including decision notices and completion certificates. We can also retrieve files. There’s a charge for these services.

Documents and charges

Charges for copies of planning and building control documents
 Documents and information Charge (including VAT where applicable)
Copy Decision Notice
Completion Certificate
Building Regulation Approval Decision
Rights of Light Notice
 £30 per document
Section 106 or other legal agreement £35 per agreement
Copy of Local Land Charges Search
Copy of LLC1
£31
£16
Local Plan documents Available free online - go to our Local Plan pages
Core Strategy 2010:
Business
Resident/student *

£90 collection (+£5 for postage)
£60 collection (+£5 for postage)
Managing Development Document 2013
Business
Resident/student *

£120 collection (+£5 for postage)
£55 collection (+£5 for postage)
Managing Development Document 2013 and Core Strategy 2010
Business
Resident/student *


£200 collection (+£10 for postage)
£110 collection (+£10 for postage)
Planning briefs/ masterplans £40 per document
Available free online - go to our evidence base page
Planning site history package

Including a summary of planning applications, appeals, conservation area and listed building status
£65 per site (one address)

Copies for extra documents

This is for extra documents, such as individual plans, that were submitted with a planning application.

  • A4 first page: £2
  • A4 each page thereafter: £0.30
  • A3 first page: £6
  • A3 each page thereafter: £0.55

Drawings

  • A0 sized drawing: £20/per sheet
  • A1- A3 sized drawing: £15/per sheet

For building control - please see the process for viewing building control drawings.

File retrieval

  • Research for file retrieval - £45
  • Retrieval of one archive box from storage - £30
  • Retrieval of additional file boxes from storage - £2 per box (up to 20 boxes)
  • Express retrieval of 1-6 archive boxes from storage - £50 

For building control - please see the process for viewing building control drawings.

How to request copies of documents and file retrieval

You can request copies by emailing us and specifying:

  • the type of document/s required
  • wherever possible - site address, application number, decision date.

For retrieval of planning files: Email planningandbuilding@towerhamlets.gov.uk

For retrieval of building control files: Email buildingcontrol@towerhamlets.gov.uk

We will get back to you within approximately 10 working days with the cost of your request and the options for payment. 

Local land charges

To request copies of the following documents please email landcharges@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

  • Copy of local land charges search: £31
  • Copy of LLC1: £16

Historic planning applications

You can search online for applications from 2000 onwards on our planning register.

Historic planning records pre-dating 2000 are not available on our online planning register. Information is available in our offices and can be viewed between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.  For further information please contact planning&building@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Please note a fee will be payable for related research.