Planning advice service

Submit a planning advice request

We strongly recommend you get advice from us before making a planning application. It means you:

  • avoid costly mistakes and save time
  • understand our policies and specialist areas that apply to your development
  • identify potential problems early on and find solutions
  • get advice about how to improve your scheme

If you are looking for advice please submit a planning advice request using our online form. Click the start button to continue.

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Wherever appropriate for the level of advice sought, we will provide positive advice about improving schemes, not just advise whether they are likely to be supported, and in our responses we will advise about the information needed for a subsequent application.

We want to give you the best advice we can. By doing some work before you ask for advice you can find out what the Council’s policies are and take them into account in your plans.

You may also find it helpful to do some research into previous planning decisions at your site and look at the policies we use to assess applications. They are in our Core Strategy and other documents at www.rbkc.gov.uk/planningpolicies.

We also suggest you think about who might be affected by what you want to do and talk to them about your plans. 

Advice is provided by an individual planning officer, but it is agreed by a more senior colleague before being issued, and advice provided through this service cannot prejudice the Council’s formal decision if you make an application.

Our advice service

We can provide different levels of advice depending on how much detail and support you want:

Level one This gives the simplest level of advice and is appropriate only where you want very general advice about the principle of a proposal. It will suit you if you wish to avoid the time and expense of getting detailed plans drawn and do not want detailed advice. We will not visit the site and we provide a written summary of our advice within two weeks. We will advise only whether the principle of the type of development you want to do is acceptable. Examples might be asking us about the principle of extending the roof of your house or the principle of converting a building into flats. You will normally find it helpful to get more advice from us through levels two or three before you apply. We also cannot offer this service for alterations to listed buildings. ​​
Level two This will provide you with much more detailed written advice than level one, including on the detail of your proposal, within four weeks of your request. We will not include a meeting to discuss your proposals or explore alternatives, but to provide advice accurately we need to visit the site before we advise you
Level three This is the same as level two but also includes a meeting to explain our advice and explore improvements and alternatives with you. Following the meeting we will issue our advice in writing within five weeks of your original request. Your planning officer will advise whether the meeting will be best held on site at the time of the visit or later in the process at our office. The meeting will normally be for no more than one hour, but for the biggest proposals the meeting may be longer. It is rarely necessary for anyone other than your architect or planning agent to attend the site visit. Once you have requested advice, your planning officer will advise if anyone else should attend.
 
Follow up for level two and three Once you have our advice through levels two or three you may amend your proposals and want updated advice. The fee for this is lower than the initial advice and you can choose whether to have it without a meeting (level two) or with a meeting (level three).
Level four This is designed for larger and more complex proposals where ongoing advice is required from a range of officers, possibly over many months or years. We would manage the process through a Planning Performance Agreement with you, following an initial scoping meeting to agree the objectives of the agreement including timescales, key milestones and scheduled meetings. In some cases it might include preparing a brief or Supplementary Planning Document to guide development of the site. The cost of this will depend on the nature of the scheme and will be agreed on a case by case basis. If you would like us to provide level 4 advice please contact PlanningLine on 020 7361 3012.

 

What information do I need to give you?

The more information you give us about what you want to do, the more valuable and precise our advice will be. While no application form is required we do need this information when you ask for advice and cannot accept further plans and documents later:

  • clear address for the site, preferably with the postcode
  • brief description of what you want to do — a ‘two storey rear extension’
  • confirmation of the advice level you require
  • plans of what you want to do, drawn to metric scale no bigger than A3 with a scale bar on each page
  • a fee to cover our costs of providing your advice (see below)

To get the best out of the service we suggest you also send us more detailed information where you can, such as

  • scaled plan showing where your proposal would be on the site
  • photographs showing the key features of the site with the directions shown on the plan above
  • for subterranean development, draft construction traffic management plans and other plans required by our subterranean development policies

How much will advice cost?

Pre application advice fees (inc VAT) - Effective from 1 April 2016

 

Level 1

16/17

Level 2

16/17

Level 2 follow up
16/17

Level 3

16/17

Level 3 follow up
16/17

Householder not including subterranean

£435

£435

£295

£528

£390

Householder including subterranean

£560

£840

£605

£935

£700

Local Community groups

£248

£248

£248

£340

£340

Advertisements

£435

£435

£295

£525

£390

Telecomms

£450

£450

£310

£540

£400

Details required by condition (per condition) Only on existing planning/listed building consent.

n/a

£340

£295

£435

£390

Listed building advice

Internal alterations where planning permission not required (time limited)

n/a

£435

£340

£530

£435

Advice under Garden Square legislation

£*

£*

£*

£*

£*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential, including change of use and conversions

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2 follow up

Level 3

Level 3 follow up

 

16/17

16/17

16/17

16/17

16/17

1-4 units

£855

£855

£575

£950

£670

5-9 units

£2,305

£2,305

£1,700

£2,425

£1,820

10-49 units

£3,060

£3,060

£2,685

£4,020

£2,900

50-199 units

£5,105

£5,105

£4,435

£6,420

£4,910

200+ units

£9,500

£9,500

£7,090

£10,995

£7,740

Non residential including change of use

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2 follow up

Level 3

Level 3 follow up

 

16/17

16/17

16/17

16/17

16/17

-100m2

£355

£355

£260

£445

£355

100-499m2

£855

£855

£575

£950

670

500-999m2

£2,305

£2,305

£1,700

£2,425

£1,820

1000-4999m2

£3,060

£3,060

£2,685

£4,020

£2,900

5000-9999m2

£5,105

£5,105

£4,435

£6,420

£4,910

10000m2+

£9,500

£9,500

£7,090

£10,995

£7,740

The cost of the time we take to provide advice is not covered by the statutory fee for making a planning application. The charge covers our costs for providing the advice and so it is not met by council tax payers generally.

The scale of fees is based on the size of the proposal and the level of detail that is sought. We currently offer a reduced fee for local community groups seeking advice about their own proposals for enhanced community facilities.

If your proposal includes more than one category of development, the fee payable is the highest of those that apply, but they are not added together.

The fee includes VAT at 20 per cent and will not be refunded if you decide advice is no longer required even if we have not yet provided it.

Where advice is required to resolve a breach of planning control, we may charge an individual site specific fee to ensure we cover the costs of providing advice.

What to do next

You can make an advice request using our online form, including making an online payment. 

Freedom of Information

The advice we provide under this service is generally confidential until a related application is submitted and development proposals are publicly available.  Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we receive many requests to disclose advice we have provided, so from March 2016 we will automatically publish any advice we have provided once the related application is submitted.  At that point there is normally no reason under the legislation to insist the advice is confidential.

We may continue to receive requests for advice to be disclosed at earlier stages, which will need to be assessed individually under the legislation.  If you think there are sufficient reasons under the legislation that your request and advice should remain confidential at those earlier stages please advise us in writing of the reasons at the time of your request. We will not respond at the time of your request but will take it into account when deciding whether to release information earlier than usual.