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Planning advice

Getting planning advice

Medway Council welcomes and positively encourages discussions before an applicant submits a planning application. These discussions can result in better quality applications which stand a better chance of a successful outcome and help to speed up the decision making process after submission. Get in touch on 01634 331700 or planning.representations@medway.gov.uk

What needs planning permission?

The Planning Portal, a one stop guide to the planning process has lots of useful information on this including the interactive house guide, shown above, offering a room by room guide explaining what changes to your home home require planning permission.

One of the most common questions asked of the council's planning team is what development can be done without the need to apply for planning permission. This is known as permitted development

To find out whether or not proposed development - including new works or changes of use of land - would be lawful if carried out, apply to the council for a certificate of lawful development.

Most kinds of development will need planning permission, however. The term development is very broad and could mean any of the following:

In addition, the council’s consent is usually required to alter a listed building, to demolish a house or other building within a conservation area or to display an advertisement.

You can also search for planning enforcement action taken by Medway Council.

How much does it cost?

There are costs involved in gaining planning permission, including statutory planning fees and separate charges for pre application advice.