How Much Does Planning Permission Cost?

In addition to your basic planning application fees, there are a number of other charges that you may need to be aware of when budgeting for planning permission for your extension. Let’s take a look at a breakdown of the various costs that could be relevant to your project.

Types of Planning Applications

There are two types of residential planning applications – planning permission and permitted development

Do I need to apply for planning permission or permitted development?

Permitted development allows you to do minor changes to your home without seeking planning approval from the council. It’s a very specific set of rules which covers simple rear extensions, side extensions, a loft conversion or minor alterations like changing windows or adding satellite dishes etc. You don’t have permitted development rights in a conservation area or on a listed building. 

You don’t have to apply to carry out work that comes under permitted development – you can just start building. However, we recommend that you apply for a lawful development certificate to prove that the work is covered by permitted development.

How to apply for a lawful development certificate

To apply you need to submit an application to your local planning authority or via the Planning Portal online application service

Click ‘Start a planning application’

Step 1 – Find your address
Step 2 – Select Lawful development: Proposed use
Step 3 – Confirm details

Along with the application form, you’ll need to submit drawings of the existing and proposed plans, as well as a site location plan.

How much does a lawful development certificate cost?

The application fee for a lawful development certificate application is £103.

For more information, go to Lawful Development Certificates

(You don’t need to make the application yourself – Yoop can apply for permitted development on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about it)

In addition to your basic planning application fees, there are a number of other charges that you may need to be aware of when budgeting for planning permission for your extension.

If your project is not covered by permitted development, then you’ll need to apply for planning permission.

What is planning permission?

Planning permission is the process by the council, which determines whether extensions on a terraced, semi detached or detached property are lawful. If you carry out work which isn’t covered by permitted development or planning permission, then the local authority would end up asking you to take the building or the extension down.

How do I apply for planning permission?

To apply for planning permission, you need to make an application to your local planning authority or via the Planning Portal online application service

Along with the application form, you’ll need to submit: 

  • A site plan or location plan
  • A full set of existing plans, elevations, potentially sections
  • A full set of proposed plans, elevations and potentially sections

How much does planning permission cost?

The application fee for planning permission is £206.

If your home is in a conservation area or a more complicated area, there might be a written document required as well, called a design and access statement. You can also put in a planning statement, but usually a householder application is fairly straightforward so that you just need good information on the drawings

For more information, go to Planning Permission – How to apply

(You don’t need to make the application yourself – Yoop can apply for planning permission on your behalf and chase the planning authority up until we get the OK so you don’t have to worry about it)

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Additional Fees

Some planning applications need extra information if there’s a unique situation such as flood risk assessments, an ecology report, maybe a bat survey if you’re backing onto a forest but that’s quite rare. It’s very case by case. The more urban location you are, the more straightforward it will be.

The fee for making an application to supply this extra information (usually referred to ‘approval of conditions’) is £34 per application so it’s best to gather all of your necessary reports/assessments and make just one application to cover all of the additional requirements at the same time.

Extra Information Costs

Surveys

  • Measured survey – £500 to £1,500
  • Structural survey – £500 to £1,000

Design Fees 

(Pre-planning application sketches, detailed application drawings)

  • Architect design fees – 3 – 7% of the build cost (e.g. a fee of £900 to £2,100 for a £30,000 extension)
  • Planning and construction drawings – £2,700 to £4,000

(Prices will vary depending on the scale and complexity of the design and if you’re employing an architect/architectural technician/building surveyor etc)

Reports

  • Tree report (requires an arboriculturist)from £300
  • Ecological ‘Phase 1’ report (required if your project might impact protected species)  – from £600
  • Flood risk/drainage/archaeological/environmental assessment – from £350
    (If problems are found, then this will add additional charges to rectify the issue)
  • Historic building report (if your home is a listed building) – £750 to £1,000 on average for a typical three-bedroom listed building

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