Planning and building control fees

Your planning application cannot be validated until we receive payment of the correct planning or building notice fee.

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What are the fees?

On this page you will find fees for the following services:

 

Planning fees

Find out more about fees for the following planning services:

Planning permission request

If you would like to find out whether your proposal requires planning permission, the Council has a 'Do I need planning permission?' request service. This service includes a telephone conversation with a member of the planning department with confirmation in writing via email.

 
 ServicePrice (including VAT)
 Research fee and response

£60

Application Advice service

This service provides advice to applicants for successfully completing a planning application. Please note that this service is primarily being offered to householder applicants, application advice for minor and major applications will be offered in due course.

 ServicePrice (including VAT)
Telephone conversation with Planning Technician

£25

Face-to-face meeting with Planning Technician

£50

Planning Advice service

Complete the planning advice service request form and we will contact you with a bespoke quotation.

Householder/ residential

 
 Dwelling (house) numbersServicePrice (including VAT)
Single/own dwelling Planning officer site visit accompanied by applicant / agent and written response (with example and timeline)

£450

1 to 9 dwellings Initial meeting with written response

£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)ServicePrice (including VAT)
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

 For more information see the Planning Advice service page.

Planning history check

 ServicePrice (including VAT)
Research fee and response

£50

Planning application fees

Most planning and other related applications require payment of a fee set by law. The fee information below is a summary interpreted from legislation by the Council. For more detailed information, and to read the original legislation, please see the Town and Country Planning (fees for applications, deemed applications, requests and site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 and any subsequent amendments.

A PDF version of the fees can be accessed via Planning Portal (external website), or use Planning Portal's fee calculator (external website). All planning fees are exempt from VAT.

Please note: Submitted applications which are then returned due to missing/incorrect information are subject to a refund of their application fee minus £50 to cover admin costs.

Categories:

 

Outline applications

Application typeApplication areaPrice
Outline applications Up to 2.5 hectares

£462 per 0.1 hectare

2.6 hectares and over

£11,432 + £138 for each 0.1 hectares in excess of 2.5 hectares (maximum £150,000)

Householder applications

Application typeDescriptionPrice
Householder applications Alterations / extensions to a single dwellinghouse, including works within boundary

£206

 Full applications

This includes first submissions of reserved matters or technical details consent.

Full Application typeApplication schemePrice
Dwelling houses Alterations / extensions to two or more dwellings (houses or flats), including works within boundaries

£407

New dwellings - up to 50 units

£462 per dwelling

New dwellings - 51 or more units

£22,859 + £138 per additional dwelling over 51 units (to a maximum fee of £300,000)

Erection of buildings (not dwellings, agricultural, glasshouses, plant or machinery) No increase in gross (total) floor space to be created by development or no more than 40m2

£234

Between 40m2 and 75m2 gross floor space to be created by development

£462

Between 76m2 and 3,750m2 gross floorspace to be created by development

£462 for each 75m2 (or part thereof)

More than 3,750m2 gross floorspace to be created by development

£22,859 + £138 for each additional 75m2 (or part thereof) in excess of 3,750m2 (to a maximum of £300,000)

Erection of buildings (on land used for agriculture for agricultural purposes) Increase in gross (total) floor spacen to be created by the development up to 465m2

£96

Between 465m2 and 540m2 of gross floorspace to be created by the development

£462

Between 540m2 and 4,215m2 of gross floorspace to be created by the development

£462 for the first 540m2 + £462 for each 75m2 (or part thereof) in excess of 540m2

More than 4,215m2 of gross floorspace to be created by the development

£22,859 + £138 for each additional 75m2 (or part thereof) in excess of 4,215m2 (to a maximum of £300,000)

Erection of glasshouses (on land used for the purpose of agriculture) No more than 465m2 gross (total) floorspace to be created by the development

£96

More than 465m2 gross floorspace to be created by the development

£2,580

Erection / alterations / replacement of plant and machinery Site area no more than 5 hectares

£462 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)

Site area more than 5 hectares

£22,859 + £138 for each 0.1 hectar (or part thereof) in excess of 5 hectares (to a maximum of £300,000)

Installation or alteration to a shop front All applications

£234

Involving more than one category of development N/A

Higher of the fees calculated in accordance with earlier categories except when dwelling-houses are involved, when the fee appropriate to that category is added to the higher of the fees appropriate to the other category.

Applications other than building works

Application typeApplication type/areaPrice
Car park, service roads, or other accesses For existing uses

£234

Waste (use of land for disposal or refuse or waste materials or deposit of materials remaining after extraction) Site area is no more than 15 hectares

£234 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)

Site area is more than 15 hectares

£34,934 + £138 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 15 hectares (maximum of £78,000)

 Lawful development certificate

Application typePrice
Existing use or operation

Same as Full Application fee

Existing use or operation or use in breach of a planning condition

£234

Proposed use or operation

50% of normal planning fee

Prior approval

 Application schemePrice
Erection and construction of Agricultural or Forestry buildings and operations or demolition of buildings

£96

Communications (previously referred to as 'Telecommunications Code Systems Operators') (Part 16, Class A)

£462

Proposed change of use To state funded school or registered nursery

£96

Agricultural Building to a State-funded school or registered nursery (Part 3, Class S)

£96

Agricultural Building to a flexible commercial use (Part 3, Class R)

£96

Offices to dwellinghouses (Part 3, Class O)

£96

Agricultural building to a dwellinghouse, where there are no associated building operations

£96

Agricultural building to dwellinghouses, and associated building operations (Part 3, Class Q)

£206

A building in retail or mixed retail use to dwellinghouses where there are no associated building operations

£96 

A building in retail or mixed retail use to dwellinghouses and associated building operations (Part 3, Class M)

£206

Notification of prior approval for a change of use Storage or distribution buildings and any land within curtilage to dwellinghouses (Part 3, Class P)

£96

Amusement arcades / centres and casino (sui generis uses) and any land within its curtilage to dwellinghouses where there are no associated building operations

£96

Amusement arcades / centres and casino (sui generis uses) and any land within its curtilage to dwellinghouses and associated building operations (Part 3, Class N)

£206

Retail, betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos (sui generis uses) to restaurants and cafés (Part 3, Class C)

£96

Retail, betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos (sui generis uses) to restaurants and cafés and associated building operations

£206

Retail, betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos (sui generis uses) to assembly and leisure (Part 3, Class J)

£96

Other Prior notification applications Erection or construction of a click and collect facility (Part 7, Class C)

£96

Temporary use of buildings or land for filming making processes (Part 4, Class E)

£96

Installation or alteration of solar equipment on the roofs of non-domestic buildings (Part 14, Class J)

£96

Toll road facilities (Part 9, Class D)

£96

Reserved matters

Application typePrice
Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval

Full fee due or £462 if full fee has already been paid

Approval/ variation/ discharge of condition

Application typePrice
Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission

£234

Request for confirmation that one or more planning conditions have been complied with

£34 per request (householder)
£116 per request (other)

For more information, see planning conditions explained.

Change of use of a building to use as one or more separate dwellinghouses, or other cases

TypePrice
No more than 50 total dwellinghouses

£462 per dwelling

More than 50 total dwellinghouses

£22,859 + £138 for each unit in excess of 50 (maximum of £300,000)

Other changes of use of a building or land

£462

Advertising

TypePrice
Relating to the business on the premises

£132

Advance signs which are not situated on or visible from the site directing the public to the business

£132

Other advertisments

£462

Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission

Application TypePrice
Applications for householder developments

£34

Applications for other developments

£234

Application for permission in principle

SizePrice
Application for permission in principle

£402 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)

£402 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof)

Concessions

Exemptions from payment:

  • An application solely for the alteration or extension of an existing dwellinghouse; or works in the curtilage of an existing dwellinghouse (other than the erection of a dwellinghouse) for the purpose of providing:
    • Means of access to or within it for a disabled person who is resident in it, or is proposing to take up residence in it; or
    • Facilities designed to secure that person’s greater safety, heath or comfort
  • An application solely for the carrying out the operations for the purpose of providing a means of access for disabled persons to or within a building or premises to which members of the public are admitted.
  • An application for Listed Building Consent, Demolition in a Conservation Area or Consent for works to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order Planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area
  • Works to Trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation area hedgerow removal
  • Application for development within 12 months of a refusal, withdrawal or approval of an earlier application for the same character on the same site for the same applicant. This exemption can only be claimed once for refusal/withdrawal and permission.
  • If the application is for consent to display an advertisement following either a withdrawal of an earlier application (before notice of decision was issued) of where the application is made following refusal of consent for display of an advertisement, and where the application is made by or on behalf of the same person.
  • If the application is for consent to display an advertisement which results from a direction under Regulation 7 of the 2007 Regulations, dis-applying deemed consent under Regulation 6 to the advertisement in question
  • If the application is for alternative proposals for the same site by the same applicant, in order to benefit from the permitted development right in Schedule 2 Part 3 Class V of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended)
  • If the application is for Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a listed building
  • Prior approval for a Proposed Large Home Extension

There is no fee for approval of conditions under the advertisement regulations or under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Reductions to payments:

  • If the application is being made on behalf of a non-profit making sports club for works for playing fields not involving buildings then the fee is £462
  • If the application is being made on behalf of a parish or community council then the fee is 50%
  • If the application is an alternative proposal being submitted on the same site by the same applicant on the same day, where this application is of less cost then the fee is 50%
  • In respect of reserved matters you must pay a sum equal to or greater than what would be payable at current rates for approval of all the reserved matters. If this amount has already been paid then the fee is £462
  • If the application is for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development, then the fee is 50%
  • If two or more applications are submitted for different proposals on the same day and relating to the same site then you must pay the fee for the highest fee plus half sum of the others
  • If the relevant land straddles the boundary between planning authorities a planning application must be made to all authorities involved.  The fee is only payable to the planning authority in whose area the largest part of the land is situated. The fee will be one and a half times the amount which would have been payable if the application had not been cross boundary and the responsibility of only one planning authority.

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Fees for planning documents


 ItemPrice  Notes
Colour photocopying

A4 / A3, £0.10

All other sizes, on request

Any plans copied must be stamped by receptionist with Copyright restriction for no further copying.
Black and white photocopying  

A4 / A3, £0.10

All other sizes, on request

Any plans copied must be stamped by receptionist with Copyright restriction for no further copying.
Microfiche copy (enhanced service) £12.50 (for each case, inclusive of decision notice) Only available as an email attachment
Decision notice or other statutory notice including appeal decision £8.50  
Copy of 106 agreement £8.50  
Copy of tree preservation order £8.50  
Planning committee agenda Free View planning committee agenda 

Fees for 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.
Ordanance Survey map extracts

Not available

We cannot photocopy Ordnance Survey extracts due to copyright protection

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Building control and building regulation standard fees

This section covers:

 

Building control history check

 ServicePrice
Searching for the document and providing an electronic copy (if WDC hold the document)

£25

Complete the building control history check online form to submit your request.

Unfortunately we cannot confirm that we hold the document. If no document is found the fee is not refundable.

Standard charges

Standard charges will apply for domestic work. The fees stated below are VAT inclusive.

The types of fee are as follows:

  • All building notice charges are paid on submission
  • A full plans building regulation application consists of a plan fee and an inspection fee:
    • The plan fee is payable when you submit the application. This covers the plan checking of the proposed work. A building control plan fee is different from a planning application plan fee. Please ensure you contact the correct department when paying your fee.
    • In most cases, an inspection fee is payable after the work commences. This covers the site inspections including the issue of a completion certificate. This is invoiced after the first inspection has been carried out. The inspection fee can also be paid with the plan fee when you submit the
      application, and where possible we will encourage this.

Please note that the charges for building notice are higher than full plan fees.

If your work falls under more than one table, each fee is payable on submission. Any reduction that applies because the different parts of work are carried out at the same time will be applied to the inspection fee after commencement of the work.

Please contact us for an individual fee proposal if your work:

  • Does not fall into the standard fees tables
  • Falls under three or more categories
  • See the additional information section for more information on when you need an individual fee proposal.

If you need an individual fee proposal or help with the standard charges, please contact planning and building control.

These will take up to two working days to produce; however, we will process most quotations on the same day.

1. New houses and flats

Conditions;

  • Standard construction, no basements, no conversions and less than 300m² per unit.
  • For basements, conversions and large houses, please contact us for an individual fee proposal.
  • For over 4 or more dwellings, please contact us for an individual fee proposal.
Table 1: new houses and flats
Number of dwellings Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans fee Building notice fee
1 £350 £450 £800 £950
2 £450 £650 £1,100 £1,350
3 £600 £800 £1,400 £1,675

Domestic fees

These fees apply to a single dwelling. For example, where adjoining neighbours build extensions at the same time, a separate application and separate fee is required for each.

2. Extension including controllable conservatories, not including basements

For more than one extension, use the total sum of internal floor area. Associated alterations are included in extension charges.

Table 2: extension including controllable conservatories, not including basements.
 Plan fee Inspection fee  Total full plans feeBuilding notice fee 
Up to 10m² £250 £250 £500 £625
Over 10m² and up to 40m²  £400 £300  £700  £875
Over 40m² and up to 60m²  £450 £400  £850 £1065
Over 60m² and up to 100m²  £500 £450 £950 £1,185
Over 100m² and/ or contains a basement or part basement  Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

3. New or extension used solely as domestic garage, carport and/or store

Table 3: new or extension of detached building used solely as a garage, carport or store
  Plan feeInspection feeTotal full plans feeBuilding notice fee 
Up to 40m²  £150 £200  £350  £400 
 Over 40m² and up to 100m² £200 £250 £450 £500
Over 100m² Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

4. New or extension of detached building (not solely a garage, carport or store)

Table 4: new or extension of detached building (not solely a garage, carport or store)
 Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans fee Building notice fee 
Over 30m² and up to 60m²  £450 £400  £850  £1,065 
Over 60m² and up to 100m² £500 £450 £950 £1,185
Over 100m² Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

5. Loft conversions

Table 5: loft conversions
 Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans fee Building notice fee 
Over 40m² £500 £200  £700  £875
Over 40m² and up to 100m² £550 £250 £800 £1,000
Over 100m² Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

6. Garage conversion to habitable room/s (not forming self contained dwelling)

Table 6: garage conversion to habitable room/s (not forming self contained dwelling)
 Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans fee Building notice fee 
Over 40m² £200 £150  £350  £400
Over 40m² and up to 60m² £250 £150 £400 £475
Over 60m² Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

 7. Controllable electrical work (not competent person schemes)

Table 7: controllable electrical work (not competent person schemes)
 Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans fee Building notice fee 
Rewire/partial rewire of single dwelling £350 £0 £350  £350
Any other controllable electrical work £350 £0 £350 £350

8. Structural and other alterations to a dwelling

Table 8: structural and other alterations to a dwelling
Estimated costPlan fee Inspection fee Total full plans feeBuilding notice fee 
Less than £2,000 £225 £0 £225 £225
Over £2000 and up to £5,000 £350 £0 £350 £350
Over £5,000 and up to £25,000 £300 £175 £475 £575
Over £25,000 and up to £50,000 £400 £300 £700 £825
Over £50,000 Please contact us for an individual fee proposal

9. Energy efficiency improvements (not competent person scheme)

Table 9: energy efficiency improvements (not competent person scheme)
 Plan fee Inspection fee Total full plans feeBuilding notice fee 
New and replacement windows and doors. Up to 20 installed at the same time £200 £0 £200 £200
New and replacement windows and doors. Over 20 installed at the same time £250 £0 £250 £250
Renovation of a thermal element £200 £0 £200 £200
New and replacement boiler/heating appliance  £200 £0 £200 £200
Installation of solar panel/s  £175 £0 £175  £175 
Cavity wall insulation £175 £0 £175 £175

Fees are not payable for the following:

  • Work solely for the benefit of a disabled person. Please provide a copy of the approved grant letter provided by environmental health or a letter from your occupational therapist indicating your disabilities and reason for the work.

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Additional information

Larger projects

We will assess charges for larger projects individually. Larger projects may consist of innovative or high risk construction techniques and/or the duration of the building work from start to finish will be longer than 12 months.

Regularisation applications

We will assess regularisation application charges individually. They are available on request and are usually based on an individual fee proposal.

Non-domestric work

Fees for non-domestic work are available on request and are usually based on an individual fee proposal.

All charges are on the assumption that the person undertaking the design and construction work is competent. If not, there may be additional charges.

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Fees for building control documents

Fees for building control documents
Building control itemPrice 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

Radar keys

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

See access to buildings for more information on radar keys.

Street name and numbering charges

All fees stated below are not subject to VAT.

Table 1: street naming charges, existing properties
ServiceCharge 
House name change £75
Rename of street where requested by residents £500 plus £75 for each property
Table 2: 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
Table 3: 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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Charges for community infrastructure levy (CIL)

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) £151.22
Residential Zone B (rest of District) £181.47
Large Scale Retail  £241.96
Small Scale Retail (and other chargeable development) £151.22

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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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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Contact information

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