Pre-planning advice fees

Find the appropriate fee for your pre-planning advice below. The additional costs apply when there more than two site visits required, following a significant change to the plans. Statutory consultees are now charged separately for advice so you may need to contact them independently.

Exemptions to charging

There are some circumstance when the charge on pre-planning advice is not applicable:

  • Where the enquiry is to benefit a person who is registered disabled, except where a new dwelling is proposed
  • Works to trees - covered by a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation Area
  • Advice on how to submit a planning application
  • Discussions in relation to enforcement investigations
  • Enquiries made by Herefordshire Council
  • Enquiries made by a town or parish council in connection with their statutory functions
  • Enquiries made by a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) or Housing Association (HA) - where the development is solely for social/affordable housing

Fees from 1 April 2017

Householder development

Development type Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Householder 100 38

Listed buildings

Development type Cost
(£ inc VAT)

Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required

Listed building consent / repairs / pre-purchase advice 100 38

Residential development (including conversion and changes of use)

The fee will be calculated on the basis of the number of dwellings proposed. If no number is specified then the site area will determine the fee.

Specific number of dwellings Site area only Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required
1-4 dwellings Site area less than 0.5 ha 320 160
5-9 dwellings Site area 0.5 - 0.99 ha 638 213
10-49 dwellings Site area 1.0 -1.25 ha 1274 585
50-199 dwellings Site area 1.25 - 2.0 ha 2335 1061
200+ dwellings Site area more than 2.0 ha 3715 1593


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Commercial development

The fee will be calculated on the basis of the total floor area proposed. If no floor area is specified then the site area will determine the fee.

Specific floor area Site area only Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required
Up to 99 sq m Site area less than 0.5 ha 161 81
100 sq m - 499 sq m Site area less than 0.5 ha 320 160
500 sq m - 999 sq m Site area 0.5 -0.99 ha 638 213
1000 sq m - 2499 sq m Site area 1.0 - 1.25 ha 1253 585
2500 sq m - 9999 sq m Site area 1.25 - 2.0 ha 2654 1061
10,000+ sq m Site area more than 2.0 ha 3715 1593

Agricultural development

Specific floor area Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required
New buildings up to 465 sq m 71 33
New buildings over 465 sq m 160 81
Polytunnels up to 465 sq m 71 33
Polytunnels over 465 sq m 638 213
Intensive (permanent housing) livestock
buildings (for example, poultry)
638 213

Renewable energy installations (including solar/wind/biomass/hydro)

Specific floor area Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required
Domestic (within garden) 107 33
Domestic (outside garden) 213 96
Other non-residential installations 320 160
Commercial installations 638 213

Other developments

Specific floor area Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*
Additional costs apply when more than two site
visits are necessary and will be requested if required
Any other change of use 213 96
Advertisements 107 33
Telecommunications 213 96
Any other case 160 81

Minerals and waste/natural resources - county matters and related development

Includes: New/extended buildings, plant/machinery, new/extended landfill/ land-raising including soil/inert, all waste treatment/processing/transfer/disposal facilities, EFW plant, scrapyards, AD plants, all mineral extraction, variation of conditions (including site area or time extensions on minerals or waste sites), significant earthmoving (for example, lakes), sewage treatment facilities including reed-beds and SUDS, engineering operations, EIA and ROMP preparation advice.

Specific floor area Site area only Cost
(£ inc VAT)
Additional cost
(£ inc VAT)*Additional costs apply when more than two site visits are necessary and will be requested if required
Up to 99 sq m Site area up to 0.9 ha 266 134
1000+ sq m Site area 1 - 15 ha; All inert landfill/land-raising (soil importation) greater than 1 ha 585 266
New/extensions to landfill excluding inert landfill Any site area over 15 ha; waste facilities with throughput of over 50,000 tonnes 1274 585


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Notes

  • The additional cost will apply when more than two meetings are required but will only need to be paid where more than two site visits are required or when further feedback is required following a significant change to the plans
  • In cases where two fees may be applicable, the higher fee will be charged
  • In cases involving mixed use developments falling within different categories, the fee will be based upon calculating the total for each element of the proposal.
  • The charge for engineering operations that do not fall within the minerals and waste/natural resources - county matters and related development category will be based upon the floor area/site area set out in the commercial development category.

*All charges include VAT. The additional cost is payable where more than two site visits are required or when further feedback is required following a significant change to the plans.