Planning and building control services and fees

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

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Planning advice services

Find out if you need planning permission

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

We offer a service that tells you if you need planning permission.

Find out if you need planning permission

Why do it?

  • get a clear answer on whether your proposal requires permission
  • check whether your proposal falls under permitted development rights
  • know what type of application you will need to submit (if required)

How much does it cost?

Find out if you need planning permission
 What you getFee                 
Phone call with a member of the planning department
and an email confirmation

£60

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This will let you see what previous work has been permitted/refused or whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn for your property.

Why do it?

  • get an indication of whether similar proposals have been permitted on your property before
  • get clarity on whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn/consented on your property

How do I apply for a planning history check?

Request this service by clicking the button below and filling in our online form.

Apply for a planning history check

How much does it cost?

Planning history check
 What you getFee                 
Email confirming recent planning history of your property

£50

Initial planning advice

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. Following 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

Why do it?

  • 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

How do I apply for initial advice?

Request this service by clicking the button below and filling in our online form.

Apply for initial planning advice

How much does initial advice cost?

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
Existing single dwelling Planning officer site visit accompanied by applicant / agent 
and written response (with example and timeline)

£450

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

£720

10 to 25 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£960

26 to 99 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£1500

100+ dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£4000

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 1000m2 Initial meeting with written response

£900

Over 1000m2 to 5000m2 Initial meeting with written response

£1200

Over 5000m2 Initial meeting with written response

£2400

Other
Development typeFee
All other types of development (e.g - fences, structures, etc.) Complete the planning advice service request form 
and we will contact you with a bespoke quotation.

For frequently asked questions on initial planning advice, please see our FAQs page.

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.

How do I apply for follow-on advice?

Request this service by clicking the button below and filling in our online form.

Apply for follow-on planning advice

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

How much does follow-on advice cost?

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.

For frequently asked questions on the follow-on planning advice service, please see our FAQs page.

Validation advice

This service provides you with advice on making sure your planning application is valid. If any details on your application are incorrect, your application will be invalid and therefore take longer to process.

At this stage the service is only being offered to householder applicants. The service will be offered to other applicants in due course.

Why do it? 

  • find out quickly how to correct any incorrect elements of your planning application
  • allows your application to be made 'valid' quicker
  • saves time and effort in submitting your application

How do I apply for validation advice?

Request this service by clicking the button below and filling in our online form.

Apply for validation advice

How much does it cost?

Validation advice service
What you will getFee
Advice via telephone with a Planning Technician on how to make your 
planning application valid 

£25        

Advice via a face-to-face meeting with a Planning Technician to find out
how to make your planning application valid
£50

 

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Planning application services

Apply for planning permission

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

Apply for planning permission

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

Find a planning application

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

Find a planning application

Comment on a planning application

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

Comment on a planning application 

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. (To amend a determined application, see our advice below.)

Why do it?

  • 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

How do I amend my application?

You can make a request to amend your planning application by clicking the button below. Please note that your request may be declined.

Request to amend your application

How much does it cost?

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.

Amending a live application
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

 

For frequently asked questions on how to amend your planning application, please see our FAQs page.

Amending a determined application

If you wish to amend your application after determination, you can apply for a non-material amendment

You can apply for this in the same way as any other planning application. See the apply for planning permission page for information on how to submit an application for a non-material amendment.

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Building control services

Building control history check

Find out what previous building work has been undertaken at a property by using the button below:

Request a building control history check

Apply for building regulation approval

Find out how to apply for building regulations approval by using the button below:

Apply for building regulation approval

Request a building control site inspection

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

Request a building control site inspection 

 

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Other services

Community infrastructure levy (CIL)

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

Conditions:

  • the Wycombe 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.
 
 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 community infrastructure levy page.

Instalments Policy

CIL can be paid in instalments as outlined below. 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.

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

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Total tree management service

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

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 our tree officers.

Why do it?

  • easy management of trees to Council-approved standards
  • minimises risk and damage to trees

How do I apply for the total tree management service?

You can apply for this service by clicking the button below to email our Tree officers. Please use the email subject 'Total Tree Management service request'.

Apply for total tree management service

How much does the total tree management service cost?

Tree management service
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 us 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

Street name and numbering

This is a paid service to rename properties and streets.

All fees stated below are not subject to VAT.

Street naming charges: existing properties
ServiceCharge 
House name change £75
Rename of street where requested by residents £500 plus £75 for each property

 

Street naming charges: new properties
Number / naming Charge 
1 plot £75
2 to 5 plots £60 per plot, up to £280
6 to 25 plots £350
26 to 75 plots £600
76 or more plots £840

 

Street naming charges: additional charges for new property naming
Service Charge 
Where this includes naming of a street £200 per street
Where this includes the naming of a building (for example, a block of flats) £180 per building

Additional information

See street name and numbering for more information

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Radar keys

Replacement keys or keys for people outside the Wycombe district can be purchased at a cost of £3.50 per person.

See access to buildings for more information on radar keys.

Document printing

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

You can request documents through the email link below, please include 'document printing' in the subject header.

Request planning and building control documents

General planning documents

 ItemPrice  Notes
Colour photocopying

£0.10 (A4, A3)

All other sizes based on request.

All copied plans are subject to copyright.
Black and white photocopying  

£0.10 (A4, A3)

All other sizes based on request.

All copied plans are subject to copyright.
Microfiche copy (enhanced service) £12.50 (for each case, inclusive of decision notice) Only available as an email attachment.
Planning decision notice or other statutory notice including appeal decision £8.50  
Copy of 106 agreement £12.50  
Copy of tree preservation order £8.50  
Planning committee agenda Free (online only) View planning committee agenda.

Local plan documents

DocumentPrice (excluding postage) Notes
New Local Plan (March 2018 version)

£68

Document is unaltered from the October 2017 Publication version, and features the same cover page. Postage option available: price on application.
Adopted Wycombe District Local Plan

£77.25

Includes the adopted Core Strategy, Delivery and Site Allocations Plan, and policies maps. Postage option available: price on application.
Delivery and Site Allocations Plan

£26

Postage option available: price on application.
Development plan - maps only

£22

Postage option available: price on application.
Ordnance Survey map extracts

Not available

We cannot photocopy Ordnance Survey extracts due to copyright protection

Building control documents

Fees for building control documents
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.

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Land Charges

Land charges are dealt with by the land charges department, with the exception of the CON29O optional enquiry question 4. Submit your request with a site plan to our planning team, see planning and building control contact information

There is a £50 fee for this service.

For more information on land charges, please see the land charges page.

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