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Charging for Permitted Development and Pre-Application Advice - Guidance Note 6


This guidance note explains how we will handle requests for pre-application and other planning advice and is intended for anyone who uses the service.

We are able to provide you with advice and information on matters relating to planning. In order to provide the best possible advice and information within an appropriate timescale, however, it is important that you also provide us with as much clear information as possible regarding your proposed development.

In the case of pre-application advice, the service is intended to provide you with an indication as to whether your proposal is likely to gain planning permission or not; what the key planning issues are likely to be; and, what you would need to submit with any subsequent application that you make.

In the case of advice in respect of permitted development rights, the service is intended to provide you with an officer opinion as to whether planning permission is required for your proposals. However, it should be noted that this is informal advice and as such does not have the same status as a Certificate of Lawfulness.

In order for us to be able to sustain and improve the levels of service, a range of charges were introduced in April 2010, in addition to the nationally set application fees. However, we have been undertaking a review of how best to meet the needs of our customers and the decision has been taken to cease to charge for advice in respect of permitted development rights and in the case of a request for pre-application advice which is not a “major” development (as defined by the Department for Communities and Local Government – DCLG).

The revised charges set out under Section 7 of this guidance note will apply to all enquiries received on or after 1st April 2018, and are inclusive of VAT which currently stands at 20%.

Your attention is drawn to the new tariff of charges within this guidance note.

Please also note the timeframes for providing advice.

Benefits of service

We encourage and welcome the opportunity to provide advice and guidance before any formal planning application is made. There are considerable benefits in seeking planning advice before making an application:

  • It gives an opportunity to establish how local policies would apply to your development
  • It can establish whether planning permission will actually be required or not
  • It can identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input (e.g. trees, listed buildings, noise, transport, contaminated land, etc)
  • It gives an opportunity to clarify what supporting documentation will be required for your proposal
  • It provides an opportunity to identify possible major concerns before too much work is expended on development proposals.

Pre-application engagement and frontloading is encouraged by Government as set out within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Wyre Forest District Council