Planning conditions explained

Planning permission often includes conditions requiring the submission of details. These conditions tend to fall into two categories:

  1. Conditions that must have the details approved before any work on the site commences. These are known as conditions precedent and generally begin with the words "no development shall commence until..."
  2. Those that require details to be submitted, approved and implemented prior to the development being brought into use. For example "the building shall not be occupied until..."

How to agree a planning condition

To agree a planning condition, complete a "submission of details to agree a planning condition form".

We aim to respond to most requests within four weeks, but it could take eight weeks or longer to respond to your submission.

Please provide as much detail as possible in the your form. If in doubt, contact the case officer.

Once you have completed the form send it together with the details and the appropriate fee to:

Planning & Sustainability
Wycombe District Council
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
Bucks HP11 1BB

or email:

We will check everything is correct and contact you if it is not. We will write to you giving you the details of the case officer and how quickly we aim to respond.

If we don’t give a decision within eight weeks, you have the right to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate unless you have agreed an extension to this process. If you disagree with our decision you also have the right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If we don’t respond within 12 weeks, you are entitled to a full refund of your fee.

We will contact if we need additional information to proceed. If you don’t reply within one week we will determine the application on the information at hand.


The fee is £28 where a request relates to a permission for development that falls within these categories:

  • Enlargement, improvement or other alteration to an existing dwelling house
  • Carrying out of operations within the curtilage of an existing dwelling house. for purposes ancillary to the enjoyment of the dwelling house
  • Erection or construction of gates fences walls or other means of enclosure along a boundary of the curtilage of an existing dwelling house

For all other conditions attached to the grant of planning permission the fee is £97 per request.

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

Contact information

Web form: Planning team


  • Telephone: 01494 412 246