Pre-Application Advice

The scale and type of development where a pre-application advice fee applies is set out below.  There is no charge for advertisement schemes or discussions relating to the variation or removal of planning conditions.  You can get free advice on domestic extensions at our householder planning service held at Parkside on Tuesdays between 10.00am until 1.00pm.

Pre-application advice fees

Here are the fees for advice from our planning experts on your proposed development before you apply for planning permission.  The fees are inclusive of VAT.  The Council will only issue a VAT invoice if requested.

 Residential Development

Number of dwellings created                                                     

Fee 

1 dwelling (includes one-for-one replacements)  

£200                                                     

2-4 dwellings

£300

5-9 dwellings

£600

10-49 dwellings

£1200

50-99 dwellings

£2200

100-199 dwellings

£3000

200+ dwellings

£4000

 Non-Residential Development

Floor Space (measured externally)                                                   

Fee 

Less than 500 square metres                                

Free                                                      

500 square metres - 999 square metres

£500

1000 square metres - 1999 square metres

£1000

2000 square metres - 4999 square metres

£2000

5000 square metres - 9999 square metres

£2500

10000 square metres or greater

£3000

 Non-Residential Development With No Building Operations                                             

Site Area  

Fee 

Less than 0.5 hectares                               

£300                                                     

0.6 hectares - 0.99 hectares

£600

1 hectares - 1.25 hectares

£1000

1.26 hectares - 2 hectares

£2000

Greater than 2 hectares  

£2500

With respect to changes of use schemes, if the development is a change to create dwellings, the charge will be for the number of dwellings created.  If the change is to another use, the charge will be based on the floor area created or the site area involved if there are no building operations proposed.

Fee Concessions

Some pre-application advice is provided free of charge.  For example, where the development is for the direct benefit of a disabled person (and as such there would be no fee incurred to make the planning application) or where works relate to a Listed Building.

Some pre-application advice is provided at a reduced or concessionary rate.  If the proposal is being submitted by or is for the benefit of a Parish Council or other Local Authority, then the appropriate fee is reduced by 50%.  If the scheme relates to a solely affordable housing scheme and the applicant is a Registered Social Landlord or a registered Housing Association, the appropriate fee is reduced by 50%.

Worcestershire County Council Pre-Application Highway Advice

In addition to our charges, Worcestershire County Council Highways also have a separate fee charging schedule for pre-application advice.  The table of charges is detailed below.  Their contact is Karen Hanchett on 01905 765765 or 763673 or: khanchett@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Proposed development type

Cost for Highway Advice

Cost of additional meetings (each)

Householder

No Charge

No charge

1-4 dwellings

No charge

No charge

Residential development

Site area

Gross floor area proposed

 

 

5-9 dwellings

<1ha

<1000m2

No charge

No charge

10-49 dwellings

1-1.25ha

1000-2499m2

£398

£200

50-199 dwellings

1.26-2ha

2,500-9,999m2

£796

£295

200+ dwellings

2+ha

10,000m2+

£1,193

£398

 

Get advice

You can telephone and speak to an Officer or email us details of your proposals by using our contact details

For pre-application advice, please complete and return this downloadable request form and pay the relevant pre-application fee.

Pay for your advice

  1. Via BACS electronic transfer. Use sort code 401507 and account number 91131605 and quote Fund 37 as the reference.  It is important that you telephone the planning team on 01527 881770 to confirm the transaction
  2. With a cheque with the first line of the site address on the reverse and a covering letter to this address
  3. Over the telephone. If no-one is available when you call, please leave a message and we'll call you back.

More advice and help

Here is a wealth of first class advice on a range of small scale projects on the Planning Portal for homes and businesses from the national planning advice website.