The fee includes the amount of time taken on a case by a planning officer, from the investigation stage to the actual meeting and/or the final written comment.
- Category A - Major developments £2940
- Category B - Minor developments £1000
- Category C - Small commercial - £170 (written response) / £290 (meeting up to one hour)
- Category D - Householder, small residential - £90 (written response) / £115 (meeting up to one hour)
- Scheme exceptions - No fee
- major development proposals includes provision of 10 or more residential units, residential development on a site of more than 0.5 hectares, creation or change of use of over 1000 m² of commercial floor space, non-residential development on a site of more than one hectare
- minor development proposals includes provision of commercial development of 100-999 square metres, creation of two to nine new residential, changes of use of 100m² to 999m², advertisement application for hoardings, proposals for Telecommunications equipment and masts
- small commercial proposals includes extensions to commercial premises under 100 square metres, changes of use of commercial premises under 100 square metres, advertisements other than hoardings, flat conversions
- householder and small residential proposals includes single new houses, extension to a dwelling house, alterations to a dwelling house (including vehicular access), outbuildings and other structures in domestic gardens, business use from a dwelling house
The fee includes any amount of time taken on a case by a planning officer, from the investigation stage to the final written comment. The charge for Category A major development proposals includes attendance of up to four professional officers at the meeting from a range of disciplines as necessary for example, development control, planning policy, highways, environmental health, architects, conservation, housing. The charge for Category B Minor development proposals includes attendance of up to two professional officers. The charge for category C and D proposals include the attendance of one professional officer.
Where further additional officers are required at meetings to give specialist advice additional charges will apply. The appropriate hourly rate for officers' time is dependent upon their seniority, as set out below:
- professional officers up to Bexley 15 - £150
- team leaders and senior officers Bexley 16 to B19 - £190
- head of service to Bexley 20/21 grade - £220
Separate pre-application meetings can be arranged to discuss transport and highway issues with the Council's transport planners and development engineers, for which the same protocol and charges apply.
Payment of charges
The standard fee for all Categories must be received before the pre-application case can be progressed.
- additional charges will be invoiced within 10 working days from the date of final comment. Invoices must be settled within 21 days. If a meeting is cancelled charges may be made for any pre-meeting enquiries or other investigations that have been carried out
- the Council fees where stipulated in this guidance note are flat rate fees for the current financial year
- cheques should be made payable to London Borough of Bexley
Please note: Any advice given by Council officers for pre-application enquiries does not constitute a formal response or decision of the council with regards to future planning consents.
Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application, which will be subject to public notification and statutory/non-statutory consultations, and ultimately decided by the Council.
You should therefore be aware that officers cannot give guarantees about the final formal decision that will be made on your planning or related applications.
However, the pre- application advice will be taken into account in the determination of the future planning related applications, subject to the proviso that circumstances and information may change or come to light that could alter the position.
It should be noted that if the planning application is delayed for a significant period then any pre-application advice may be overtaken by changes in national, regional or local policy and guidance.