Apply for planning permission

2. Pre-application service

We offer an advice service which you can make use of before submitting a formal planning application.  We can give you an indication of whether your proposal complies with our policies, whether changes need to be made before you apply or whether it is unlikely permission will be granted.

If you live or have a business in the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation's area, the Corporation provides the pre-application advice service in that area.

How much does it cost?

Enquiry Fee
Major (residential more than 10 units, or more than 1000m2 commercial) £1,155
Medium (residential 2 and 10 units, or smaller commercial) £385
Single dwellings, and other developments (not including householder) £165
Householder extensions (written advice) £55
Voluntary groups and parish councils Free
Repairs to listed buildings Free
Vehicle cross-over confirmation letter £18

How do I submit an enquiry?

Download and complete the Pre-Application Enquiry form. Send the form along with the fee, plans and information in support of your proposal to:

Planning Department, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1AU

Alternatively you can email the form and accompanying information to

How do I pay?

By telephone

Please telephone 01474 337688

Credit card transactions are subject to a small additional handling charge. Debit card transactions are free.

Automatic payment machine

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card at the Civic Centre through our automatic payment machine. It's quick and easy. If you need assistance, a member of staff will be happy to help you. Please attach a copy of the receipt to your form.

By post

When submitting your form, please enclose a cheque made payable to Gravesham Borough Council. Please do not send cash. On the back of the cheque please write the site address, and the words "Pre-application".

What happens next?

Once we receive your form and payment, your enquiry will be acknowledged. A case officer will be allocated and a response will be sent to you within 8 weeks. 

If we need more information, or if we need to arrange a meeting or site inspection, then a case officer will contact you. Complex applications will usually involve a meeting with our development team.

Please note that pre-application advice does not constitute a formal decision of the Council, and would not prejudice or amount to pre-determination of any planning application by the Borough Council.

For further information please contact Planning Administration by emailing or by phoning 01474 337688