Pre-application Advice


Why get it

Pre-application advice helps to:

  • Identify and address any potential problems with your application
  • Identify any additional advice you might need
  • Identify any specialist advice you might need
  • Stop you from submitting an invalid application

We'll discuss your proposal in more depth, including the design and any materials you plan to use, before you submit a full planning application.

After applying

We'll aim to validate your application within two working days and may contact you if we need more information.

Written Advice

Once validated you'll get a written response from your case officer within 20 working days.

Meetings

Once validated, a planning officer will contact you to arrange a meeting within five working days. You'll then get their written advice within 15 working days of the meeting.

Data protection

Your application will be treated confidentially. However we may have to include it as part of Freedom of Information requests. If this happens we'll contact you beforehand. For more information about Freedom of Information visit our Freedom of Information pages.

Advice

Meeting with planning officers

Open

Types of advice

We offer four types of advice:

  • Household
  • Minor development of one to nine residential units or commercial floor space of up 999 square metres
  • Major development of 10 to 39 residential units or commercial floor space between 1,000 and 4,999 square metres
  • Large scale development of over 40 residential units or commercial floor space of over 5,000 square metres

Fees

All fees include VAT.

Should you opt for a Conference Call, the meeting fee will still apply

Advice Standard Hourly Rate On Site Hourly Rate
Up to 31 March 2020 From 1 April 2020 Up to 31 March 2020 From 1 April 2020
Household £150 £160 £180 £190
Minor development £300 £315 £360 £380
Major development £450 £485 £540 £580
Large scale development £600 £660 £720 £795

Meeting with specialist officers

Open

Types of advice

We offer seven types of specialist advice:

  • Household
  • Minor development of one to nine residential units or commercial floor space of up 999 square metres
  • Major development of 10 to 39 residential units or commercial floor space between 1,000 and 4,999 square metres
  • Large scale development of over 40 residential units or commercial floor space of over 5,000 square metres and
  • Works to listed buildings and
  • Works to protected trees
  • General specialist advice on heritage, landscape or trees that wouldn't need a planning officer

Fees

All fees include VAT.

Should you opt for a Conference Call, the meeting fee will still apply

Up to 31 March 2020

Advice
At Maidstone House
On Site
Hourly Meeting Rate Specialist Officer Rate Hourly Meeting Rate Specialist Officer Rate
Household £150 £150 each £180 £180 each
Minor development £300 £150 each £360 £180 each
Major development £450 £150 each £540 £180 each
Large scale development £600 £150 each £720 £180 each
Works to listed buildings - £150 each - £180 each
Works to protected trees - - - £50
General specialist advice - £150 each - £180 each
Total Cost (Hourly Meeting Rate + Specialist Officer Rate) x Length of meeting

From 1 April 2020

Advice
At Maidstone House
On Site
Hourly Meeting Rate Specialist Officer Rate Hourly Meeting Rate Specialist Officer Rate
Household £180 £160 each £190 £190 each
Minor development £360 £160 each £380 £190 each
Major development £540 £160 each £580 £190 each
Large scale development £720 £160 each £795 £190 each
Works to listed buildings - £160 each - £190 each
Works to protected trees - - - £55
General specialist advice - £160 each - £190 each
Total Cost (Hourly Meeting Rate + Specialist Officer Rate) x Length of meeting

Written advice

Open

Types of advice

We offer three types of advice:

  • Household
  • Minor development of one to nine residential units or commercial floor space of up 999 square metres and
  • Major development of 10 to 39 residential units or commercial floor space between 1,000 and 4,999 square metres

Fees

All fees include VAT.

ApplicationFee
Up to 31 March 2020From 1 April 2020
Household £50 £55
Minor development £100 £105
Major development £150 £160

Apply for a pre-application online

You can apply and pay online, using our online form.

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One Off Payment

If you've already applied and just need to make payment, use our online form. You can pay by debit or credit card. We accept Visa Debit, Visa and Mastercard.

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