About our pre-application advice service

We strongly advise people to take advantage of our advice service before submitting their planning application. It can help reduce the likelihood of submitting an invalid application and overcome issues that may impact on the success of your application.

Although pre-application advice cannot guarantee your planning applications success, it can provide an experienced opinion and advice which helps save time and money whilst enabling speedier planning decisions to be made.

How much it costs

The costs provided below reflect the Planning Service’s time, if additional internal service providers such as Environmental Health need to be consulted on a pre-application, please note this will incur additional fees (at £80/hour) which will be communicated to you during the pre-application process.

External agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England and Kent County Council Highways operate their own paid for preliminary advice services, please contact these providers direct to seek estimation of costs, understanding of timescales and for their advice.