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

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You can also use this service to find out whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn for the site.

Why do it?

  • 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  • get clarity on whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn / consented on the property

How much does it cost?

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

£60

How do I find out if planning permission is required?

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

Find out if planning permission is required

For frequently asked questions, please see our FAQs page.

 

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.

Why do it?

  • get an indication of whether similar proposals have been permitted on your property before

How much does it cost?

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

£50

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

For frequently asked questions on this service, please see our FAQs page.

 

Initial planning advice

We offer our initial planning 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

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 much does initial advice cost?

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

 
 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

 

 
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

 

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.

 


How do I apply for initial advice? 

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

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 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

 

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

Apply for initial planning advice

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 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.

How do I apply for follow-on advice?

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

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

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.

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

 

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.

Why do it? 

  • find out quickly how to correct any errors in your planning application
  • saves time and effort in submitting / resubmitting your application

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 on
how to make your planning application valid
£50

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

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

For frequently asked questions on the validation process, please see our FAQs page.

 

Specialist advice

Not all enquiries relate to a planning matter or a specific planning application or proposal. Sometimes you may wish to seek the views of a specialist without requiring a planning officer's input. For these occaisions, we offer specialist advice in the following areas:

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

By engaging with specialists early you can save yourself a lot of time and avoid making mistakes with any action you take.

Heritage and Conservation

The Heritage and Conservation advice service is currently suspended due to staff shortages. We will restore the service as soon as posible (estimated October 2019).

Our specialist Heritage Asset Officer can assist with:

  • listed building consent applications
  • internal alterations and repairs to listed buildings
  • structural external repairs to listed buildings
  • 'repair' vs 'alteration' advice
  • whether planning permission is required for heritage assets
  • advice on looking after heritage assets
  • generic advice on heritage assets and planning
Trees

Our specialist Tree Officers can assist with:

  • Tree Preservation Orders and CTREE (Notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas)
    applications
  • what to do if you have protected trees on your property
  • general advice on trees and planning
Ecology

Our specialist Natural Environment Officer can assist with:

  • advice on ecology issues and how these could affect your property
  • early advice on the probability of needing a bat survey / preliminary ecological appraisal

Why do it?

  • 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

How much does specialist advice cost?

Specialist Advice Service
Specialist What you will get Fee
 Heritage  Site visit, verbal discussion, and written response  £384
Trees   Site visit, verbal discussion, and written response  £240
 Ecology  Telephone call and written response  £240

How do I apply for specialist advice?

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

Apply for specialist 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

For frequently asked questions on the specialist advice service, please see our FAQs page.

 

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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:

For frequently asked questions on the planning application process, please see our FAQs page.

 

Apply for planning permission

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

Apply for planning permission

How much does it cost?

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 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

Please note that 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.

How do I amend my live 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

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

How much does it cost?

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

How do I amend my determined application?

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.

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

 

Fast Track a planning application service

Only a few of our services are available to Fast Track for a fixed fee. However, if your need is urgent and you would be prepared to pay a premium for fast delivery, please email planning@wycombe.gov.uk and we will endeavour to help.

Our fixed fee Fast Track services include:

  • Approval of details reserved by condition (ADRC)
  • Non-material amendment (MINAMD)

Please note that you must submit an ADRC / Non-material amendment application BEFORE we can accept it for the Fast Track service

How much does it cost?

The fees for Fast Track services are set out below

Fast Track a planning application service
ServiceFee in addition
to statutory fee
Timescale
(working days)
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 do I apply for Fast Track?

You must follow these steps when applying for Fast Track:

  1. Apply for an ADRC / Non-material amendment using our apply for planning permission service
  2. Apply for Fast Track using the button below.

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

Request a Fast Track Service

 

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Building control services

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

Our building control services are set out below:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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 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

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

For frequently asked questions, please see our FAQs page.

 

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 £75
Rename of street where requested by residents £500 plus £75 for each property

 

 
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

 

 
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

 

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.

 

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.