General planning fees

Planning fees and charges 1 April 2019


These fees relate to the general planning Fees for Somerset West and Taunton – to check planning fees for formal applications please refer to the Planning Portal calculator. 

Do I need planning permission?

Fee £52.80 (£44.00 plus VAT).

Pre application advice scale of fees

Householder, advertisement and landscape advice. Tree Preservation Orders.

£116.16 (£96.80 + VAT).

Further advice following response £30 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £50 plus VAT per hour.

Minor developments (eg less than 5 dwellings, 500 sq m industrial).

£290.40 (£242.00 + VAT).

Further advice following response £40 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £80 plus VAT per hour.

Larger scale minor developments (eg between 5 and 10 dwellings, 500 and 1000 sq m industrial).

£435.60 (£363.00 + VAT).

Further advice following response £40 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £80 plus VAT per hour.

Major developments  (eg more than 10 dwellings, 1 000 sq industrial).

£871.20 (726.00 + VAT).

Further advice following response £50 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £100 plus VAT per hour.

Large Major (eg more than 50 dwellings, 5 000 sq industrial).

£1452.00 (£1210.00 + VAT).

Further advice following response £50 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £100 plus VAT per hour.

Where both Development Management and Planning Policy officers need to attend the meeting there will be an additional cost:

  • Level 2b additional £121.00 + vat@20% = £145.20
  • Level 3a additional £181.50 + vat@20% = £217.80
  • Level 3b additional £242.00 + vat@20% = £290.40

For major developments (level 3a and 3b) pre-application fees are negotiable through the applicant and Council entering into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA).

There is no charge for advice on revised proposals following a refusal of planning permission or the withdrawal of an application (this exemption is restricted to one letter or meeting only).

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Blackdown Hills only

For applications within or affecting an AONB where an AONB Service Officer also attends the meeting/provides specialist advice there will be an additional cost.

Householder, advertisement and landscape advice. Tree Preservation Orders and Listed Buildings (in cases where planning permission also required).

£105.60 (£88.00 + VAT)

Minor developments (eg less than 5 dwellings, 500 sq m industrial).

£269.40 (£224.50 + VAT).

Larger scale minor developments (eg between 5 and 10 dwellings, 500 and 1000 sq m industrial).

£339.60 (£283.00 + VAT).

Major Developments (eg more than 10 dwellings, 1,000 sq m industrial).

£667.20 (£556.00 + VAT).

Large Scale Major Developments (eg more than 50 dwellings, 5,000 sq m industrial).

This level by negotiation on a case by case basis: unlikely to be within the AONB.

Listed building advice

£290.40 (£242 = VAT).

Further advice following response £40 plus VAT per hour.

Planning Management Team involvement £80 plus VAT per hour.

Pre 74 planning history search

£40.00 + vat @ 20% = £48.00.

Work undertaken beyond first hour, £30 plus VAT per hour.