Pre-application planning advice charges

Appointments between 9am and 1pm will take place at the St Edmundsbury Borough Council offices at West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds and appointments between 1pm and 5pm will take place at the Forest Heath District Council offices at College Heath Road, Mildenhall. Please note that this is a West Suffolk wide service and you can attend a meeting at either office regardless of the location of the development or site that you wish to discuss. No written follow up is provided.

The following combinations can also be sought depending on the level of advice required: a+d, b+d and c+d

All fees include VAT.

Householder development Charges

Works within the curtilage of or an extension to an existing dwelling including:

  • alteration or new access
  • conservatories
  • extensions
  • external wall insulation
  • fences
  • garages and car ports
  • gates
  • outbuildings
  • porches
  • satellite dishes
  • sheds
  • solar panels
  • swimming pools
  • walls
 
30 minute pre-booked informal planning officer meeting. Intended for use by householders and for those with a query of a minor nature. £48
a. A one hour meeting at the council offices with no written advice £96

b. Written advice only

£60
c. One formal meeting (up to two hours) and written follow up, including a review of any written minutes provided by the enquirer. £192
d. A site visit when booked with any other option (in addition to any other charges). This does not allow for extended discussion on site, rather it allows the Officer to understand the site context £106
e. A one hour site meeting. This option offers no feedback other than verbal advice given on site. £136
Advertisement development Charges

Signs or advertisements displayed on buildings or land for example:

  • advance and directional signs
  • banners
  • fascia or projecting signs
  • flag or balloon advertising
  • notices
  • placards
  • pole and canopy signs
  • posters
 
30 minute pre-booked informal planning officer meeting. Intended for use by householders and for those with a query of a minor nature. £48
a. A one hour meeting at the council offices with no written advice £96

b. Written advice only

£60
c. One formal meeting (up to two hours) and written follow up, including a review of any written minutes provided by the enquirer. £192
d. A site visit when booked with any other option (in addition to any other charges). This does not allow for extended discussion on site, rather it allows the Officer to understand the site context £106
e. A one hour site meeting. This option offers no feedback other than verbal advice given on site. £136
Minor developments Charges

This includes:

  • up to nine dwellings
  • non residential development of less than 1,000 square metres in floorspace (commercial, retail, industrial)
  • changes of use of less than 1,000 square metres of floorspace or on a site of less than 1 hectare
 
a. A one hour meeting at the council offices with no written advice £120

b. Written advice only

£264
c. One formal meeting (up to two hours) and written follow up, including a review of any written minutes provided by the enquirer. £360
d. A site visit when booked with any other option (in addition to any other charges). This does not allow for extended discussion on site, rather it allows the Officer to understand the site context £160
e. A one hour site meeting. This option offers no feedback other than verbal advice given on site. £220
Major developments Charges  

This includes:

  • between 10 and 99 dwellings
  • non residential development of between 1,000 square metres and 4,999 square metres in floorspace (commercial, retail or industrial)
  • changes of use of of buildings or land between 1,000 square metres and 4,999 square meters, or on a site of between 1 hectare and 1.99 hectares
 
a. A one hour meeting at the council offices with no written advice £216

b. Written advice only

£744
c. One formal meeting (up to two hours) and written follow up, including a review of any written minutes provided by the enquirer. £936
d. A site visit when booked with any other option (in addition to any other charges). This does not allow for extended discussion on site, rather it allows the Officer to understand the site context £160
e. A one hour site meeting. This option offers no feedback other than verbal advice given on site. £279
Development of a significant scale Charges

This includes:

  • 100+ dwellings
  • non residential development of 5000+ square metres in floorspace (commercial, retail or industrial)
  • changes of use of buildings or land of 5000+ square meters in floorspace, or on a site of 2+ hectares
 
a. A one hour meeting at the council offices with no written advice £216

b. Written advice only

£1,823
c. One formal meeting (up to two hours) and written follow up, including a review of any written minutes provided by the enquirer. £1,967
d. A site visit when booked with any other option (in addition to any other charges). This does not allow for extended discussion on site, rather it allows the Officer to understand the site context £160
e. A one hour site meeting. This option offers no feedback other than verbal advice given on site. £279