Planning application checking service

Many of the planning applications we receive are invalid, which delays our decision and can hold up your project. This is usually due to inadequate plans, incorrectly completed forms or the wrong fee being submitted.

If you are not using the Planning Portal to submit your application, we offer a chargeable service to check your application. We will:

  • go through your application documents and plans
  • check that your application is valid before you submit
  • advise on the correct fee
  • advise on any problems or changes needed.

You cannot use this service to obtain comments on the proposal itself. For this, you will need to use our pre-application advice service.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer this service at the moment.  Our website will be updated once we are able to offer this service again, we apologise for the inconvenience.

Arrange an appointment

To arrange an appointment to check a householder or minor application, use the link below to book online.

Alternatively, you can call 02380 285345 (option 1) on Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm, and Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm.

To arrange an appointment to check a major application, you will need to contact us on the above number.

You must email all relevant documents to at least 24 hours before the appointment, or bring them along to the meeting. If emailing documents, state the time and date of the meeting in the subject line.


The application checking service fees (including VAT) per appointment are:

  • Householder and minor applications: £42.
  • Major applications: £60.

The form allows you to either pay online when you submit or over the phone.  

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