Planning application advice and fees
Planning application fees increase
Following regulations made by parliament on 20 December 2017, there has been a 20% increase in planning fees effective from 17th January 2018. The regulations also introduce some new fee categories.
All applications with a valid date of 17 January 2018 or after will be subject to the new fees.
Planning application fees
Fees for planning applications are set by central government under The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012.
Pre-application advice and fees
There will be an increase in pre-application advice fees from 1 April 2018
Pre-application advice is available from the Planning Department to help you prepare and submit your planning application. As the planning authority, Northampton Borough Council positively encourages pre-application discussions as a means of:
- Assisting you in the preparation of your application
- Allowing us to inform you about any additional technical and supporting information that may be required prior to the submission of your planning application
- Improving the quality of proposed developments
- Helping to avoid delay during the formal consideration of planning applications, which can save time and money later in the process, especially if plans need to be redrawn and re-submitted, which can be expensive
- Reducing the risk of delays in obtaining permission, particularly if an application is refused on grounds which could have been identified and overcome through pre-application discussions
Even though taking pre-application advice from officers does not bind the council to make a particular decision, the letter you will receive as a result of pre-application discussions forms part of the decision-making process and will be taken into consideration in determining your application.
In order to receive an effective advice service, we would encourage you to contact the planning department at the earliest opportunity to seek advice on your proposals.
This will ensure that the most appropriate officer is assigned to your case and allow the level of pre-application discussion and negotiation to be determined. This will largely be dependent on the complexity of the application and possibly its proposed location. It will also help determine whether or not other agreements, contributions or obligations will be required.
Details of how to make a request for pre-application advice are at the bottom of this page.
What we offer
If you choose to take advantage of this service, Northampton Borough Council will:
- Respond to written requests for advice on straightforward proposals within 10 working days
- Respond to requests for advice on more complex proposals to an agreed timetable and, where appropriate, offering a meeting
- Provide a one-stop-shop for planning advice at the Guildhall (this includes advice from Development Control, Building Control, Conservation, Planning Policy and Public Protection (formerly Environmental Health)
- Provide a duty planning officer, available during opening hours at the Guildhall
- Provide an appointed case officer early in the process to ensure continuity for applicants
- Ensure that all advice provided is consistent, accurate and constructive
- Clearly specify any areas of uncertainty about the acceptability of the proposals
- Undertake site visits, if required, within 10 working days of confirmation that all the necessary information has been received
- Provide advice on the need for Building Regulation approval and other related matters, where appropriate, including advice on Conservation Area Consents and listed buildings
- Direct the applicant to other agencies or organisations that may have an interest in the proposal, such as the Highways Authority
- Maintain a record of the advice provided on file for the avoidance of doubt and to ensure consistency. The pre application request and response given may be made publicly available as part of the application documents on subsequent planning applications
- Indicate whether the application will be determined by officers under delegation, or by the Planning Committee
- Seek to ensure the maximum consistency between the pre-application advice and the final recommendation
- Respect commercial confidentiality
- Offer an agreed timetable to determine more complex applications
- A senior officer will check all written advice for consistency and accuracy before this is sent out. All meetings will be followed up by advice in writing
- Provide advice on the level and scope of Section 106 obligations that will be required, if any, including the amount, mix and size of affordable housing
Exemptions from pre-application advice charges
The following categories of development are exempt from charges:
- Advice in connection with alterations or extension, etc. to a dwelling for the benefit of a registered disabled person
Charges for pre-application advice
|Category of development proposed||Charge (from 1st April 2016)|
|Major development||Large scale major developments||Quote required|
|Other major development - dwellings||15% of fee|
|Other major development - offices/research and development/light industry||15% of fee|
|Other major development - retail, distribution and servicing||15% of fee|
|Other major development - heavy industry/storage/warehousing||15% of fee|
|All other major development||15% of fee|
|Minor development||1 dwelling||15% of fee|
|2-9 dwellings||15% of fee|
|Offices/research and development/light industry||£190|
|Retail and distribution||£190|
|All other minor development||15% of fee|
|Change of use to house in multiple occupation||£90|
|Other||Change of use||15% of fee|
|Householder developments||15% of fee|
|Listed Building Consent to Alter/Extend||£90|
|Listed Building Consent to Demolish||£90|
|Conservation Area Consent||£90|
|Meetings and/or site visits (per 30 minutes) in addition to the pre-application charge applicable above||£92 per 30 minutes|
You can request pre-application advice from the council by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide the address of the property and a description of the works you are intending to carry out.
An officer will contact you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can ring the planning department on 0300 330 7000.