We do not charge for pre-application advice. However, many submissions we receive progress as Section 73 applications (Application for the Removal or Variation of a Condition following Grant of Planning Permission) that cost £234 rather than full planning applications.
In these instances the council fails to recoup costs, particularly where a specific Section 73 application is complex, contentious and time consuming.
To avoid this failure to recoup costs, the county council reserves the right to make pre-application charges when the application is reasonably expected to result in a Section 73 application. The charges that will apply are:
- £150, or part thereof, for meetings with planning officers. If the meeting is outside of One Angel Square travel time will be charged as a cost.
- £30 per item for letters, emails, and phone calls with or to applicants regarding specific enquiries.
- Teleconferences will be charged the same as a face-to-face meeting.
Pre-application charges will be refunded if, because of meetings and advice, a full application is subsequently submitted.