Pre-application advice


Pre-application advice will help to:

  • see whether your proposal requires planning permission or falls under permitted development
  • see whether officers think the proposal would be approved and provide guidance on possible improvements
  • address any potential problems with your application
  • highlight any specialist advice you might need
  • avoid submissions of invalid applications

We'll discuss your proposal in more depth, including the design and any materials you plan to use before you submit a planning application. The more information provided will mean we can give you a more detailed response.

Types of advice

We offer two types of advice:

  • written advice
  • a meeting with planning officers

They all include the option to request follow up advice if required.

Types of work

Household

This would be changes to an existing property within the property boundary:

  • adding a dropped kerb
  • adding dormer windows
  • adding solar panels
  • building or converting a garage
  • building a car port
  • building an annexe
  • extensions
  • garden outbuildings like sheds and summer houses
  • loft conversions

Minor

  • works affecting more than one existing property
  • new builds of one to nine houses, apartments, flats or holiday lets
  • commercial builds with up to 999 square metres of floor space
  • mixed builds of one to nine houses, apartments, flats or holiday lets and up to 999 square metres of commercial floor space
  • changes to the use of land less than a hectare in size
  • garden outbuildings like barns, greenhouses, and stables
  • shop advertisements

Major

  • new builds of 10 to 39 houses, apartments or flats
  • commercial builds with between 1,000 and 4,999 square metres of floor space
  • mixed builds of 10 to 39, apartments or flats and between 1,000 and 4,999 square metres of commercial floor space
  • changes to the use of land between 1 and 5 hectares in size

Large

  • new builds of over 40 houses, apartments or flats
  • commercial builds with over 5,000 square metres of floor space
  • mixed builds of over 40, apartments or flats and over 5,000 square metres of commercial floor space
  • changes to the use of land over 5 hectares in size

    Cost

    Our fees vary based on the type of development and the type of advice you need. You can find out more on our fees webpage.

    Applications

    Before you begin you will need the following:

    Household

    • a site location plan with the site outlined in red
    • a plan or sketch drawing showing the existing buildings, trees etc already on the site
    • existing and proposed elevations. These can be hand drawn but must include dimensions
    • the existing and proposed floor plans. These can be hand drawn but must include dimensions
    • photos of the site

    Minor, major and large

    • a site location plan with the site outlined in red
    • accompanying statements where needed
    • existing and proposed block plans
    • existing and proposed elevations
    • existing and proposed floor plans

    Documents should either be Word documents, JPEG/PNG photos or PDFs and 10MB or smaller in size. You can send us additional documents later, we'll let you know how once you've submitted your application.

    Apply

    After applying

    We'll check your application and may contact you if we need more information.

    Written advice

    You'll get a written response within 20 working days.

    Meetings

    A planning officer will contact you within five working days to arrange a meeting. This can either be on-site or at Maidstone House.

    You'll then get their written advice within 15 working days of the meeting.

    Follow up advice

    You can pay for any follow up advice using our form.

    Other areas to consider

    There may be other restrictions which you need to consider.

    Heritage, landscape and trees

    Our heritage, landscape and tree team can offer guidance on the following:

    • Listed buildings
    • conservation areas
    • trees/hedges

    Building regulations

    Building regulations are separate to planning and are about making sure any work carried out is done correctly and to a high standard. Details of how to make an application to our building control team will be included in the email you receive after submitting this application.