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Planning and building control services and fees

On this page you will find a list of all planning and building control services offered by Buckinghamshire Council along with fees for each service.

Fees and charges on this page apply to the entire county including: Aylesbury Vale, High Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks. 

 

You can find out your local area (formerly known as districts) by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Buckinghamshire Boundary Maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 stacked diamonds in the top-right corner)
  3. Unselect the 'Buckinghamshire Boundary' (by unticking the box) and select the 'Districts' map layer (by ticking the box)
  4. Search your property / site postcode
  5. Click on your property / site in the map window to see what local area your proposal is in.

The four local areas are:

  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Chiltern
  • South Bucks
  • Wycombe

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

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Planning advice services

Our planning advice services are available to anyone wishing to make a planning application now or in the future. By using this service you could:

  • Maximise the value of your development opportunity
  • Reduce your overall cost and time to develop a project
  • Reduce your risk by identifying potential issues early on
  • Discover alternative solutions that meet your aims and avoid issues
  • Have certainty on the legality of a planning proposal

Our planning advice services are listed below:

Find out if planning permission is required

Not all works require planning permission, so finding this out early could save you a lot of time.

Likewise if you have concerns about whether a development is 'lawful' you can also use this service to find out if planning permission is required (for example if you have concerns over a breach of planning control).

You do not have to be the landowner and / or developer to use this service.

You can also use this service to find out whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn for the site.

Please note: this service will not assess the planning merits of a proposal, or discuss whether planning permission is likely to be granted. If you wish to discuss these matters, please seek planning advice.

  • Get a clear answer on whether a proposal requires permission.
  • Check whether a proposal falls under permitted development rights.
  • Know what type of application would need to be submitted (if required).
  • Check whether a development you are concerned about requires planning permission.
  • Get clarity on whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn / consented on the property.

 

Fee: £78
What you get: An email or letter informally confirming is planning permission is required

 

To apply for this service, select your local area:

Aylesbury Vale

  • Go to the webform (external website)
  • Select the 'Existing dwelling - do I need planning permission?' service (make sure all the others say 'no')
  • Complete the rest of the webform

Chiltern

South Bucks area

Wycombe area

 

Planning history check

We can provide a planning history check if you are unsure of the planning history of your property. This will let you see what previous work has been permitted / refused.

Get an indication of whether similar proposals have been permitted on your property before.

 

Fee: £120
What you get: An email confirming recent planning history of your property

 

To apply for this service, select your local area:

Aylesbury Vale

  • Go to the webform (external website)
  • Select the 'Planning history check' service (make sure all the others say 'no')
  • Complete the rest of the webform

Chiltern

South Bucks area

 

Wycombe area

 

Initial planning advice

We offer our initial planning advice, sometimes known as 'pre-application advice', for those who wish to seek early engagement on their planning proposals. 

Once you apply for initial advice, a case officer will review your submission and contact you for a meeting. This will either be on-site or at our offices. After the meeting, the case officer will send you an advice letter listing the policies, issues, and possible solutions for your site.

Following this initial advice your options would be: 

  • submit a planning application
  • seek follow-on advice
  • enter a planning performance agreement
  • withdraw the proposal

Before you apply for initial advice, please read our best practice guidelines below.

Please note: if your request requires a specialist as well as a planning officer you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to one of our specialist advice services.

Please DO:

  • provide a full description of the proposed development with specific details
  • pay the correct fee
  • submit all relevant plans and supporting documents
  • attach all supporting documents using the online form
  • use the 'other' option when your proposal is not covered by residential or commercial
  • provide all the relevant contact details on the form

Please DO NOT:

  • leave the 'description' field on the online forms blank
  • refer to a covering letter anywhere on the online form
  • pay the incorrect fee, we rigorously check fees and this will slow down your application
  • submit photos instead of plans or supporting documents
  • use the 'other' option to apply for follow-on planning advice
  • provide incomplete contact details

 

  • maximise the value of your development opportunity
  • reduce your overall cost and time to develop a project
  • reduce your risk by identifying potential issues early on
  • discover alternative solutions that meet your aims and avoid issues

 

The fees for initial advice depend on the type of development you are proposing, this is broken down below:

Householder and residential

 
 Dwelling (house) numbersWhat you getFee

Householder: extensions,
outbuildings, etc - written advice only

(Pilot - Aylesbury Vale area only)

Written response only

£200

Householder: extensions, 
outbuildings, etc
Planning officer site visit accompanied by applicant / agent 
and written response
£450
New single dwelling Initial meeting with written advice

£450

2 to 9 dwellings
(new or converted)
Initial meeting with written advice

£785

10 to 24 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£960

25 to 199 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£2,000

200+ dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£4,000

Commercial

 
Floorspace (area)What you getFee

Up to 100m2

Initial meeting with written response

£480

Over 100m2 up to 300m2

Initial meeting with written response

£600

Over 300m2 up to 1,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£900

Over 1,000m2 to 5,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£1,200

Over 5,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£2,400

Minerals and Waste

 
Application type  What you getFee 
Mineral and Land-Fill energy from waste

Usually includes initial meeting with written response.

The level of service is dependent on the requirements of application.

£2,400
Waste applications Usually includes initial meeting with written response.

The level of service is dependent on the requirements of application.
£1,500

Other

 
Development typeFee
All other types of development excluding minerals and waste
(e.g - fences, structures, etc.)
Contact your local area planning team and
we will contact you with a bespoke quotation.

 

 

To apply for this service, select your local area:

Aylesbury Vale

Chiltern

South Bucks area

Wycombe area

For Minerals and Waste applications, please contact the Minerals and Waste team. Please include 'Initial planning advice' in the subject line.

 

Follow-on planning advice

After you've been given initial advice, or following a planning decision, you may wish to use our follow-on advice service. This is a bespoke service intended to close down the last remaining issues of a proposal. It is not mandatory and we only recommend it when we see it as the fastest way to reach planning permission.

Please make sure you include your initial planning advice reference when applying for follow-on advice.

Please note: only request this service if we have recommended it to you after initial advice, or you have a planning decision.

If your follow-on advice includes any specialist input (for example, on trees or urban design) this will be coordinated by your case officer. The fees for this will be tailored to the service and discussed with you beforehand.

 

To apply for this service, select your local area:

Aylesbury Vale

Chiltern

South Bucks area

Wycombe area

For Minerals and Waste applications, please contact the Minerals and Waste team. Please include 'Follow on planning advice' in the subject line.

 

Validation advice

If any information in your application is incorrect or missing, it will be returned to you, delaying your planning process. This service provides you with advice on creating a valid planning application.

  • Find out quickly how to correct any errors in your planning application.
  • Saves time and effort in submitting / resubmitting your application.

 

Option 1: Advice via telephone with a Planning Technician on how to make your 
planning application valid
Fee: £25
 
Option 2: Advice via a face-to-face meeting with a Planning Technician on
how to make your planning application valid.
Fee: £50

Please note: the level of service (telephone or face-to-face) will be dependent on the complexity of your issues.

 

To apply for this service, select your local area:

Aylesbury Vale

Chiltern

South Bucks area

Wycombe area

 

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Highways, Flooding, and Environmental Specialist services

Our Planning Specialists include:

Please note: if your request requires a planning officer as well as a specialist you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice.

Highways Development Management services

Highways DM co-ordinate schemes relating to new developments throughout the County. These range from small schemes (Section 184 Agreements) to larger, and more complex schemes (Section 278 and Section 38 Agreements).

The Highways Development Management team are consulted on the highway and transportation issues relating to development proposals. They also provide advice to developers and applicants on highways matters.

What is it?

A Section 278 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an agreement with the Highway Authority for alterations of the public highway relating to a new development.

A Section 38 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an agreement with the Highway Authority for the construction of new roads and footways to be offered for adoption.

How much does it cost?

 
Application typeFee 
Section 278 and 38 Agreements

12% of first 500k THEN 9% of £500k-£1.5m THEN 6% of £1.5m-£2m THEN 4% of above 2m (minimum charge of £5,000)

Please contact the Highways DM team for a bespoke quotation.

How do I apply?

You can find out more on these agreements and how to apply for them at the webpages below:

 

What is it?

A Section 184 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an Agreement with the Highway Authority for the construction or alteration of an access relating to a new development.

How much does it cost?

 
Application typeFee 
Section 184 License

£1,900

Section 184 License (retrospective)

£2,500

How do I apply?

You can find out more on these agreements and how to apply for them at the webpages below:

For any queries please contact the Highways DM team.

 

What is it?

The Council, as Highway Authority, manages this network by insisting that all road works are booked onto our road space booking system. Any works planned within the public highway must have an approved road space booking.

Booking road space avoids conflicts with others planning to do work at the same time and ensures impact to the local vicinity is kept to a minimum.

How much does it cost?

 
Application typeFee 
Road space booking

£160

Road space booking (retrospective)

£320

How do I apply?

You can find out more on these agreements and how to apply for them at the webpages below:

For any queries please contact the Highways DM team.

 

What is it?

Highways DM offer specialist planning advice on highways proposals on highway matters which form part of a planning application. 

Please note: if your request requires a planning officer as well as a specialist you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice.

How much does it cost?

Householder and residential

 
 Dwelling (house) numbersWhat you getFee
Householder: extensions, 
outbuildings, etc
Initial meeting with written response £93
New single dwelling Initial meeting with written response

£93

2 to 9 dwellings
(new or converted)
Initial meeting with written response

£371

10 to 25 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£618

26 to 99 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£1,483

100+ dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£4,944

Commercial

 
Floorspace (area)What you getFee

Up to 100m2

Initial meeting with written response

£186

Over 100m2 up to 300m2

Initial meeting with written response

£742

Over 300m2 up to 1,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£1,236

Over 1,000m2 to 5,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£2,225

Over 5,000m2

Initial meeting with written response

£4,944

PPA charges

 
ServiceFee 
 Hourly rate for Highway project officers  £108

How do I apply?

You can apply for Highways DM advice by emailing the Highways DM team. Please include 'Highways DM advice' in the subject line.

 

Flood Management and SuDS

Buckinghamshire Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) offer specialist advice on drainage proposals which form part of a planning application – this includes information on surface water flood risk and sustainable drainage. It does not cover advice from sources of flood risk which fall outside of the LLFA’s remit e.g. fluvial flood risk from Main Rivers.

The LLFA also deals with applications for land drainage consent. Land drainage consent is required if you are planning to carry out works on an ordinary watercourse. Ordinary watercourses are passages of water that do not form part of a main river. This can include streams, ditches, drains, mills, dams, culverts, and weirs.

Please note: if your request requires a planning officer as well as a specialist you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice.

For further information, see the Flood Management webpages (external website) and Environment Agency website (external website).

  • Get detailed advice on drainage proposals forming part of your planning application

 

Flood Management and Sustainable Drainage Advice

Please note: if your request requires a planning officer as well as a specialist you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice.

 
Scale of applicationWhat you getFee

Minor scheme
(less than 10 dwellings or 999sqm of floor space or site area under 0.99ha)

Written advice only

£90

Meeting at offices

£109

Site visit or meeting at external location

£163

Major scheme
(10 to 200 dwellings or 1000 - 2500sqm of floor space or site area 1ha to 19.9ha)

Written advice only

£146

Meeting at offices

£251

Site visit or meeting at external location

£376

Large-Major scheme
(201 dwellings or more or 6,001sqm of floorspace or more or site area 20ha or more)

Written advice only

£188

Meeting at offices

£282

Site visit or meeting at external location £449

Applications for Land Drainage Consent

 
Application  Fee
 Application for land drainage consent  £50

 

Flood Management and Sustainable Drainage Advice

You can apply for this service from the Flood Management website (external website).

Applications for Land Drainage Consent

You can apply for this service from the Flood Management website (external website)

 

Environmental Specialists

Our Environmental Specialists across Buckinghamshire Council offer several services for residents and professionals.

Our specialist areas include:

  • Arboriculture (trees)
  • Archaeology
  • Ecology (habitats and wildlife)
  • Heritage and conservation

You can find information on these services and how to apply for them below.

  • Engage early to identify and mitigate any constraints on your site.
  • Reduce the time, cost and risk of dealing with issues later in the development cycle.
  • Avoid the risk of unlawful damage to protected features on your site.

 

What is it?

Monitoring is carried out by us to ensure that projects are being carried out in accordance with the brief and approved project design, to enable the need for modifications to the project to be independently considered and validated and to control and validate the use of available contingencies.

How much does it cost?

What you get Fee 
(includes VAT)

 Service usually includes:

  • one-hour site visit
  • confirmation of sign-off normally provided within one day of site visit

Additional time charged at hourly increments at hourly rate

£135

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Archaeology monitoring service by clicking the button below:

Apply for Archaeology Monitoring service (external website)

For further information and guidance please see the Archaeology website (external website).

 

What is it?

An Ecology Screening Visit will identify whether householder /  small scale developments require further habitat assessments or protected species surveys are required to support a planning application. Typically these visits are used to determine if household properties or agricultural buildings have the potential to support bats and their roosts, however other protected species such as barn owls or great crested newts can be covered.

Please note: if your request refers to larger / more complex schemes or requires a planning officer as well as a specialist you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice / environmental specialist advice as appropriate.

We are currently only able to offer Ecology Screening Visits in the Aylesbury Vale area

How much does it cost?

 
What you getFee 
(includes VAT)

 Service usually includes:

  • up to one-hour site visit
  • written response within 5 days of site visit

Additional time charged at hourly increments at hourly rate

£135

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Ecology Screening Visit service by clicking the button below:

Apply for an Ecology Screening Visit (external website) 

For further information and guidance please see the Ecology Screening Service webpage (external website).

 

What is it?

Where your query does not relate to the making of a planning application, the Specialist officers can provide advice related to their subject areas set out below:

  • Arboriculture - can advise on tree preservation orders, trees in a conservation area, ancient woodland, priority habitats (orchards, woodland)
  • Ecology - can advise on priority habitats, biological notification sites (BNS), local geological sites (LGS), local wildlife sites (LWS), SSSIs, SACs
  • Conservation and Heritage -  can advise on listed buildings, locally listed buildings, conservation areas, registered historic parks and gardens
  • Archaeology - can advise on archaeological notification areas, scheduled ancient monuments, and other archaeological matters

This advice can help applicants gain a greater understanding of the natural or built features in question, and provide best practice advice for surveying or monitoring, care and maintenance.

Please note: if your request also involves planning considerations, you will be subject to an increased fee and / or referred to initial planning advice.

Unfortunately we are currently only able to offer Arboricultural (tree) advice in the Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas.

How much does it cost?

 
ServiceWhat you get Fee (includes VAT) 
Standard Advice service
  • Arboriculture (trees) (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas only)
  • Ecology
  • Conservation and Heritage
  • Archaeology

This service usually includes:

  • one hour desk-based research
  • written response within 20 working days of receipt

Additional time is charged at hourly increments based on the hourly rate of £90

£135 

Standard Advice service - Fast Track

  • Arboriculture (trees) (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas only)
  • Ecology
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Archaeology

 

This service usually includes:

  • one hour desk-based research
  • written response within 10 working days of receipt

Additional time is charged at hourly increments based on the hourly rate of £90

£225

Standard Advice service with site visit

  • Arboriculture (trees) (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas only)
  • Ecology
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Archaeology

This service usually includes:

  • one hour desk-based research
  • one hour site visit within 10 working days of receipt*
  • written response within 10 working days of site visit

Additional time is charged at hourly increments based on the hourly rate of £90

* subject to client availability

£270

Standard Advice service with site visit - Fast Track

  • Arboriculture (trees) (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas only)
  • Ecology
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Archaeology

This service usually includes:

  • one hour desk-based research
  • one hour site visit within 10 working days of receipt*
  • written response within 5 working days of site visit

Additional time is charged at hourly increments based on the hourly rate of £90

* subject to client availability

£360

How do I apply?

For Archaeology advice, you can apply through the Archaeology website (external website)

For Arboricultural / Ecology / Heritage and Conservation advice, you can apply by emailing your local area planning team:

Please include 'Environmental specialist advice' in the subject title and please include the following in your email:

  • the level of service requested
  • the specialism(s) requested
  • description of your query
  • any documents relevant to your query (e.g. photos, plans)

 

What is it?

This service is available for urgent matters such as a building or tree in danger of falling down, or you have builders on-site and need an immediate response.

How much does it cost?

 
 What you getFee
(includes VAT)

 This service usually includes:

  • priority site meeting undertaken as a matter of urgency
  • written response provided within 5 days of site visit
£600 

How do I apply?

If the matter relates to Archaeology, you can email the Archaeology team. Please include 'Environmental specialist priority service' in the subject line.

Is the matter relates to Arboricultural / Ecology / Heritage and Conservation issues, you can apply by emailing your local area planning team:

Please include 'Environmental specialist priority service' in the subject title.

 

What is it?

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records (BMERC) holds and maintains:

  • details of designated sites
  • priority BAP habitats
  • wildlife records for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

They also offer a number of services to professional consultants, recorders, and the general public.

The Historic Environment Record for the county of Buckinghamshire contains over 17,000 records not only of traditional archaeological sites like excavations, earthworks and stray artefacts but also historic buildings and landscapes and covers periods from the earliest humans to the twentieth century.

They offer a number of discretionary services for data extraction. 

How much does it cost?

 
Record centre What you get Fee 

Bucks and Milton Keynes Environmental Record Centre (BMERC)

Commercial data extraction services

Package A (1 km search) £130
Package B (2 km search) £180
Package C (Parish boundary search)  £50

Package D (500m buffer - non-commercial enquiries only)

Tight-search, watermarked to prevent commercial use

No charge
Custom search Variable - contact BMERC for a quote
Additional fee for extended search area for Packages A and B £30
General services or project work (hourly rate) £110
General services or project work (daily rate) £470

Buckinghamshire Historic Environment Record (HER)

Commercial data extraction services

Strategic search £110
Standard search (up to 50 records) £110
Extended search (10 - 150 records) £165
Large or complex search (>150 records) Variable - contact HER for a quote
Visit to HER - standard search £55
Visit to HER - extended search £82.50

Priority search (2 working days)
in addition to standard fee

£55
HER search and written advice (large holdings >50 hectares) £150
HER search and written advice (<50 hectares) £75

How do I apply?

For the Environment Record Centre (BMERC) services, you can apply by using their online service (external website).

For the Historic Environment Record (HER) services, you can apply by emailing the HER team. Please include 'Environmental Specialist Information Services' in the subject line.

Further information

 

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Planning application services

In addition to the statutory planning application services we must do, we also offer several discretionary planning application services designed to speed up and improve the quality and value of your proposal:

Apply for planning permission

Follow our step-by-step process for submitting an application by clicking the button below.

Please see our planning applications and fees page for detailed information on fees.

 

Planning applications can be submitted via the Planning Portal (external website)

Alternatively, see your local area website for further information:

For Minerals and Waste applications, see the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste website.

 

Find a planning application

You can look up details on applications that have been submitted to us by clicking the button below.

Comment on a planning application

You can comment on a live application being determined by Buckinghamshire Council by clicking the button below.

Amending a live application

If you wish to amend your application after submission but before determination you can request to do so through our planning application amendment service.

If you wish to amend a determined application please see our advice on amending a determined application.

Please note this service is in pilot for the Wycombe area only. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • to correct any errors made during submission
  • to address issues identified during determination
  • to increase the value or quality of your development
  • to reduce your risk of refusal
  • to change an aspect of the development without the need for a withdrawal / resubmission

 

This service is operated in two stages. Stage 1 (request) incurs a flat fee and mandatory extension of two weeks to the current determination period. Stage 2 (instruction) incurs a bespoke fee and a further extension to the determination period.


What you will getFee
Stage 1 (request) - request for amendment considered by your case
officer, with confirmation and discussion over telephone. If accepted, you
will be issued with a quote for Stage 2 (below).

£50

Stage 2 (instruction) - amended application is validated and 
considered by your case officer, with specialist input if required.

bespoke quotation confirmed by case
officer

Please note: the £50 fee is an admin charge to process your request, an additional fee may be required in order to process your amendment. All fees must be paid in full in order to process the amendment request.

 

You can apply for this service by clicking the button below:

Please note this is a pilot for the Wycombe area only.

Request to amend your live application

Please note: your request may be declined.

 

Amending a determined application

If you wish to amend your application after determination, you can apply for a non-material amendment. You apply for this in the same way as any other planning application.

Please see our planning applications and fees page for detailed information on fees.

 

Applications for non-material amendments can be submitted via the Planning Portal (external website)

Alternative, see your local area website for further information:

For Minerals and Waste applications, see the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste website.

 

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Planning Fast Track planning services

If you would like to reduce the time it takes for us to deliver a service, we may be able to Fast Track your request for a fee. Please note that not all applications will qualify for Fast Track.

You can request the following Fast Track services:

See below for further information.

Fast Track a householder application, conditions approval or non-material amendment

Our fixed fee Fast Track services include:

  • householder planning applications
  • approval of details reserved by condition
  • non-material amendment

Please note this service is in pilot for the Wycombe area only. We apologise for any inconvenience.



ServiceFee in addition
to statutory fee
Timescale
(working days)
Householder planning application £240 25
ADRC - householder £100 10
ADRC - minor / major £300 10
Non-material amendment - householder £100 10
Non-material amendment - minor £250 10
Non-material amendment - major £500 10

 

How to apply

If you are applying for an ADRC / Non-material amendment Fast Track, you must follow these steps:

  1. Apply for an ADRC / Non-material amendment using the apply for planning permission service
  2. Apply for Fast Track by completing the webform (external website)

If you are applying for a Householder planning application Fast Track, you must follow these steps:

  1. Apply for an Housholder planning application using the apply for planning permission service
  2. Apply for Fast Track by emailing the Wycombe area planning team. Please include 'householder fast track' in the subject line

You will need your unique application reference from your original application. Please note that your request may be declined.

 

Fast Track 'panic button'

If your need is urgent and you would be prepared to pay a premium for fast delivery on any of our planning application services, we will endeavour to assist.

Please note this service is in pilot for the Wycombe area only. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For pricing please email the Wycombe area planning team for a bespoke quote. Please include 'Fast Track panic button' in the email header.

 

To request the service please email the Wycombe area planning team for a bespoke quote. Please include 'Fast Track panic button' in the email header.

 

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Tree and Hedges services

Our arboricultural team offers a variety of statutory and discretionary services:

Please see our FAQs for frequently asked questions relating to trees and our tree services.

Find out if a tree is protected

Use our free online service to search for nearby tree preservation orders (TPOs) and conservation areas.

Apply for consent to work on a protected tree

It is illegal to cut down, prune, or damage a tree in a conservation area or one which is protected by a TPO without our consent. You can apply to undertake this work by applying for either:

  • an application for tree works (TPO)
  • notification for proposed works to trees in a conservation area (section 211 notice)

Apply online

You can apply online through Planning Portal (external website) for consent for tree works by clicking the button below.

Apply by post

Alternatively, you may wish to download and print out the form and guidance notes through Planning Portal (external website) and send them in to us.

Please ensure that the details you put down are as clear and precise as possible, otherwise we may have to return your form.

 

Apply to remove hedgerows

The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 control hedgerow removal through a process of notification. You can apply to do this through a hedgerow removal notice application. This is applied for in the same way as other applications.

Apply to remove hedgerow (external website)

We will assess the hedgerow and determine whether it can be removed or whether to serve a Hedgerow Retention Notice.

Apply for total tree management service

We offer a service to assist with total or partial tree management and maintenance.

Please note this service is in pilot for the Wycombe area only. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Currently this service is only being offered to parish councils. If you are part of an organisation that would like to register your interest in this service please email the Wycombe area trees team.

  • Easy management of trees to Council-approved standards.
  • Minimises risk and damage to trees.

 

What you will get (indicative)Fee
Phase 1 tree survey - assessment of all trees

Can supply individual elements as part of a package cost.

Contact the Wycombe area trees team for a quote

Tree risk assessment and general maintenance
Inspection of trees on a 3-5 year cycle (on an ad-hoc or annual basis)
Management and maintenance plan
Enquiries and support

 

Report unauthorised work to a protected tree

It is illegal to cut down, prune, or damage a tree in a conservation area or one which is protected by a TPO, without our consent. The unauthorised lopping or felling of a protected tree is a serious criminal offence and can result in a large fine and a criminal record.

Many people are taken to court each year for illegal work to protected trees. Fines can be up to £20,000 per tree plus costs, a requirement to replace the tree and a criminal record.

Complain about a high hedge

If you feel that you are being negatively affected by a high hedge on neighbouring land, you are encouraged in the first instance to work with your neighbours to resolve the issue.

As a last resort, you may be able to make a complaint to us under the 'High Hedges' legislation. A high hedge has to consist of a line of at least two trees, be over two metres in height, be mainly evergreen or semi evergreen and be affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your property.

Note: For your complaint to be accepted you will need to demonstrate that you have made every reasonable attempt to resolve the dispute before involving us. Failure to do so will result in your application being returned to you.

Some hedge complaints will be more complicated. The fee for these may be higher, depending on the circumstances of the case. Before making a complaint, we suggest that you contact your local area team for more information.

The standard fees for investigation of high hedge complaints its set out below: 

 
Service Fee 
 Investigating High Hedges complaints  £490

See your local area for further information on high hedge disputes:

 

Before submitting a complaint to the Council, we would advise that you try and resolve the issue with the parties involved. Please see the Government's website for some useful information on how to do this.

If you are not successful you may find that mediation can help. Mediation Buckinghamshire (external link) is the independent mediation service for Bucks residents to improve relationships between people who come into regular contact with each other, such as neighbours, work colleagues and family members.

If you have been unsuccessful in resolving the situation, see your local area for further information on how to submit the complaint:

 

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Planning enforcement services

See below the Planning Enforcement services at Buckinghamshire Council

Report a breach in planning control

f you believe a development has breached a planning control you can contact your local planning enforcement team.

See your local area webpages for information on how to report a breach in planning control:

For Minerals and Waste development, see the Minerals and Waste webpages (external website)

 

Was a notice complied with?

If you want to find out whether an enforcement notice was complied with, you can request this service.

 What you get Fee

Check records and provide details of compliance check and case closure via email

 £250

 

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks areas

For more information on how to apply for this service, please email your local area planning enforcement team:

Wycombe area

For Minerals and Waste development, please contact the Minerals and Waste team. Please include 'Enforcement notice compliance service' in the subject line.

For more information please see the frequently asked questions [PDF | 141KB] 

 

Request for enforcement notice withdrawal

If an enforcement notice has been complied with, you can request withdrawal of an enforcement notice from the register

 What you get Fee

Confirmation via email whether notice will be withdrawn. If it is agreed the enforcement notice can be withdrawn, you will then receive a formal withdrawal letter.

If the enforcement notice is not being withdrawn, we will give our reasoning.

 £250

 

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks areas

For more information on how to apply for this service, please email your local area planning enforcement team:

Wycombe area

For Minerals and Waste development, please contact the Minerals and Waste team. Please include 'Enforcement notice withdrawal service' in the subject line.

For more information please see the frequently asked questions [PDF | 141KB] 

 

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Building control services

Building and planning control are two different services that operate at Buckinghamshire Council, however you may need both building control and planning approval when proposing a development.

Our building control services are set out below:

The charges for these services are set out on the building control charges page.

Building control history check

Find out what previous building work has been undertaken at a property.

Apply for building regulation approval

Find out how to apply for building regulations approval.

Request a building control site inspection

Find out how to request a site inspection for your building project.

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Other services

In addition to our advice, application, and building control services, you can find information on our other services below:

Section 106 compliance and monitoring

Once a planning obligation is completed, it is recorded on a database which allows us to monitor compliance. It is vital that all parties understand their obligations, to ensure that they know what is required of them and when.

Developers are responsible for paying reasonable legal and administration costs in connection with the negotiation, preparation, completion of Section 106 agreements. Monitoring ensures the timely payment and allocation of development contributions in order to mitigate the impact of new development.

For confirmation that planning obligations contained within legal agreements are being adhered to, or complied with please use this service.

S106 Compliance

 What you getFee 

Check records and provide details of compliance via email

 £250

S106 Monitoring Contributions

Scale of developmentFee 
Minor schemes
(Less than 10 units and / or 1,000sqm of floorspace)
 £1,000
Major schemes (small)
(10 - 100 units and / or 1,000 - 10,000sqm of floorspace)
£1,800
Major schemes (large)
(100 - 250 units and / or 10,000 - 75,000sqm of floorspace)
£2,500
Exceptional schemes
(250+ units and / or over 75,000sqm of floorspace)
Please contact us for a bespoke quotation

 

You can apply for the S106 compliance service by clicking the button below.

Apply for S106 compliance service (external website)

For any queries please contact the Highways DM team.

 

Minerals and Waste monitoring

The Town and Country Planning Act enables us to monitor mineral, landfill sites and charge a fee for this work. 

We monitor active sites, whether chargeable or non-chargeable, such as waste transfer stations and composting facilities, 5 times a year. This frequency can be changed depending on circumstances. If issues arise which we have no authority to control we pass them to the appropriate authorities.

 
Service  Fee
Monitoring of Minerals and Waste site £397 per visit

 

You can apply for the S106 compliance service by emailing the Minerals and Waste team. Please include 'Minerals and Waste monitoring' in the subject line.

For further information please see the Minerals and Waste website (external website).

 

Community infrastructure levy (CIL)

CIL is a tax on development to contribute to local infrastructure. Charges for CIL are exempt from VAT.

Conditions:

  • CIL includes charges for residential and retail developments only,
  • developments which involve the creation of new dwellings or,
  • developments with an internal floor area of 100 square metres or more

see your local area website for further information:

CIL is not currently charged in the Aylesbury Vale area.

Wycombe Area CIL fees:

 CategoryPrice (per square metre) 
Residential Zone A (High Wycombe, Lane End, Stokenchurch) £180.80
Residential Zone B (rest of District) £216.96
Large Scale Retail  £289.29
Small Scale Retail (and other chargeable development) £180.80

For more information and to find out whether you will be required to pay the CIL, see the Wycombe area community infrastructure levy webpage.

 

CIL can be paid in instalments in the Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks areas. The instalments are linked to the amount payable as recorded on the demand notice. The first payment will be taken on the date advised by the developer in the Commencement notice.

You can see details on the instalments policies below:

Wycombe area instalments policy

AmountNo. of installmentsTimeframe
Less than £20,000 1
  • 100% payable within 60 days of commencement
Between £20,000 and £100,000 2
  • 25% payable within 60 days of commencement
  • 100% payable within 60 days of commencement
Between £100,000 and £300,000 3
  • 15% payable within 60 days of commencement
  • 50% payable within 180 days of commencement
  • 100% payable within 360 days of commencement
Greater than £300,000 3
  • 15% payable within 60 days of commencement
  • 50% payable within 360 days of commencement
  • 100% payable within 540 days of commencement

 

For more information on CIL, please see the relevant local area webpages:

 

Street name and numbering

This is a paid service to rename properties and streets.

All fees stated below are not subject to VAT.

ServiceCharge 
House name change or addition of alias housename £94
Rename of street where requested by residents (1 to 5 properties) £1,040
Rename of street where requested by residents (6-25 properties) £1,331
Rename of street where requested by residents (26-75 properties) £1,662
Rename of street where requested by residents (75+ properties) £2,290

How to apply

For a house name change or addition of alias housename, please complete the online application form (external website) and you will then be asked to make an online payment

To rename a street please email your request to streetnaming.av@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. We can then review your request.  If we are able to proceed we will email you a payment link.

 

Number / naming Charge 
1 property £188
2 to 5 properties £300
6 to 25 properties £350
26 to 75 properties £600
76+ properties £840
Naming of each new street £425 per street

How to apply

Please complete the online application form (external website). We will review your development and you will receive  a quotation by email with a link to make an online payment.

 

Document printing

We are able to provide copies of planning and building control documents for a fee, depending on the size of the document.

 ItemPrice 
Microfiche copy (where planning register is held only on microfiche) £12.50 (for each case, inclusive of decision notice)
Statutory documents (Planning decision notice, appeal decision, Tree Preservation Order, etc) £12.50
Copies of Section 38 (Highways Act 1980), Section 278 (Highways Act 1980) and Section 106 (Town & Country Planning Act 1990) agreements to solicitors acting on behalf of clients buying or selling property £90

How do I request a copy?

Email your local area planning team to request a copy, please include 'Planning documents' in the subject line.

For copies of Section 106 agreements on 'county matters' (e.g. highways and schools), please email the Modern Records team.

 


Building control itemPrice (excluding postage)Note 
Copy of approval or rejection £12.50 to £25.00 Price relates to legal document.
Copy of completion certificate £12.50 to £25.00 Price relates to legal document.

How do I request a copy?

Email your local area building control team to request a copy, please include 'Building control documents' in the subject line:

 

Land charges

Land charges are dealt with by the land charges department, with the exception of the CON29O optional enquiry question 4.

There is a £15.60 fee for this service.

 

See your local area webpages for details on how to apply:

Wycombe area:

CON29O Q4 searches are not currently offered in the Aylesbury Vale area.

 

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Further information

If you have any questions about the planning and building control services and fees, please contact your local area teams.

Planning

Building Control