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Pre-application advice

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of the Built Environment to obtain pre-application advice before submitting a planning application.

If you want to arrange a meeting with a planning officer you must use this Pre application meeting request form (85KB) and follow the instructions on the form for submitting the material and paying the fee, if a fee is applicable.

You can pay by credit card online by going to the Pre-planning advice payment page in the Report, Pay, Apply section.

Pre-application meeting charges

The City of London Department of the Built Environment charges for pre- planning application meetings, except in limited circumstances.

The charges include VAT at 20%.

There is no charge for a pre-planning application meeting for a proposal that does not fall within the criteria below.

Minor category

  • 5-9 residential units created by new development or a change of use.
  • 500 - 999 square metres of new floor space.
  • Change of use involving C1, A3, A4, A5, D2 and sui generis uses over 300 square metres.

First meeting: £900.
Subsequent meetings: £450.

Medium category

  • 10-20 residential units created by new development or a change of use.
  • 1000-1,999 square metres of new floor space.

First meeting: £1,800.
Subsequent meetings: £900.

Large category

  • 21-50 residential units created by new development or a change of use.
  • 2,000-9,999 square metres of new floor space.

First meeting: £2,400.
Subsequent meetings: £1,200.

Major category (including EIA cases)

  • Above 50 residential units created by new development or a change of use.
  • 10,000 square metres + of new floor space.

First meeting: £3,000
Subsequent meetings: £1,500

Where a scheme involves a combination of these criteria, the higher charge will apply.    

If a scheme includes affordable housing there will be no charge for that element of the scheme.

A 20% cancellation fee will be charged for a meeting cancelled within three days of the scheduled meeting date.

The meeting will not be arranged until the documents required and the cheque for the correct amount have been received.


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