Pre-application planning advice

Pre-application planning advice is advice we can give you before you submit a planning application. The service will provide you with an indication as to whether your proposal is likely to gain planning permission or not. We will also give you information on what the key planning issues are and what you would need to submit with any application that you make.

Our pre-application planning advice covers all application types, including:

  • Householder and small-scale commercial developments
  • Larger scale schemes, which often require input from one of our specialist advisers

The service will help you:

  • Understand how our policies will be applied to your proposal
  • Identify potential problems and possible solutions before you make an application
  • Reduce the burden of additional costs and time consuming amendments to submitted applications
  • Provide input from specialists where appropriate for example Conservation or Landscape advice
  • Identify proposals which are in principle contrary to policy and therefore not likely to obtain planning permission which will save you the cost and time of pursuing a formal application

We will respond to your enquiry with a letter that sets out:

  • The relevant planning policies
  • An assessment of the key planning issues
  • Advice regarding potential S106 heads of terms
  • A list of the documents that would need to accompany a planning application

Scale of charges

The scale of charges for our services is set out in the tables below. The cost of the service depends on its category and whether the type of service being provided is written-only or a site visit. Response time and the cost of an additional site visit or meeting are also listed.

Due to significant workloads, we cannot currently guarantee these timescales. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Proposal typeFee for written responseFee for additional site visitResponse in
A: Do I need planning permission?£30£7028 days
B: Extensions and alterations to houses and flats£70£7028 days
C: Change of use, prior approvals and advertisements£205£7042 days
D: Telecommunications£160£7028 days
E: Details required by condition£70£7028 days
F: Internal alterations to listed buildings where planning permission is not required£205£7028 days
G: Trees (fixed fee desktop appraisal)£45£7028 days

Minor and major applications: residential

CategoryFee for written response and site visitFee for written response, site visit and meeting (max 2 hours)Response in
H: 1-9 units£485£78542 days
I: 10-24 units£685£98542 days
J: 25-49 units£1025£132542 days
K: 50-199 units£1700£200042 days
L: 200 units of more£2675£297542 days

Any additional meetings to the above will be charged at £300.

Minor and major applications: commercial categories

Applications with up to 99m2 of new floor space

CategoryWritten responseSite visit additional feeResponse in
M: No new floorspace - 99m2£70£7028 days

Applications with more than 100m2 of new floor space

CategoryWritten response and site visit feeWritten response, site visit and a meeting (max 2 hours) feeResponse in
N: 100-999m2 floorspace£485£78542 days
O: 1000-4999m2 floorspace£685£98542 days
P: 5000-9999m2 floorspace£1025£132542 days
Q: 10000m2 and over£1650£195042 days

S106 fees

CategoryFeeResponse in
R: Enquiry fee£9510 days
S:  Discharge of obligation£12556 days
T: Modification of S106£25056 days

Get pre-application planning advice

To use this service, please fill in our Pre-Application Planning Advice form and attach the following:

  • A site location plan (scale 1:1250) with the site outlined in red
  • Drawings showing details of the proposal and dimensions, which incudes:
  • Floor plans for each floor of the building
  • Elevations (ideally showing the relationship with any adjacent buildings)
  • Position of access and/or existing access
  • Position of any trees that may or may not be affected

Formal scaled plans and elevations would be beneficial, but if the scheme is at an early stage a written outline of the proposal with sketch plans should be provided as a minimum.

All requests for advice must be submitted by completing the pre-application advice e-form. No other forms of submission will be accepted.

Pre-application advice and discussions can be appropriate for any development proposal and not all development enquires will require a meeting with a planning officer. Written advice can be provided by an exchange of correspondence.

Get pre-application planning advice

Access to the Horsham Transport Study Model

For larger developments of a strategic scale, we can also provide access to the Horsham Transport Study Model.

Whilst developed to support development of the Horsham District Local Plan, it is also available for use by professional transport consultants in preparing a Transport Assessment to assess the impact of a proposed development.

The Protocol and Schedule of Fees for Third Party Access to Data sets out the fees for accessing the full model and datasets, the conditions for its use, and how to request access.

After you apply

Within 10 working days of receiving your request we will provide verbal confirmation of receipt of the submission, together with details of the relevant fee for the advice, if this has not been received already as part of the on-line submission.

We will also advise you if we have a sufficient level of information to process the request for advice.

Where a fee has been submitted for advice without all other necessary information and the additional information is not received within 4 weeks of the original submission, the fee will be returned but £25 will be deducted to cover administration costs.

Once we have received the relevant fee and the required supporting documents, your request will become ‘valid’ and the relevant timeframe will begin for providing a response.

We will write to you confirming which officer will be processing the request for advice and what date a response is due.

Where meetings and/or site visits form part of the fee, or they have been requested and paid for, the officer dealing will make contact to agree a convenient date.

For all enquiries, email