​Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for the determination of Minerals, Waste and Regulation 3 (County Council) developments only. For all other planning applications, including residential developments, please contact the borough or district council within which the development falls. If you are unsure, please email us.

Pre-application advice

We do not charge for pre-application advice. However, many submissions we receive progress as Section 73 applications (Application for the Removal or Variation of a Condition following Grant of Planning Permission) that cost £234 rather than full planning applications.

In these instances the council fails to recoup costs, particularly where a specific Section 73 application is complex, contentious and time consuming.

To avoid this failure to recoup costs, the county council reserves the right to make pre-application charges when the application is reasonably expected to result in a Section 73 application. The charges that will apply are:

  • £150, or part thereof, for meetings with planning officers. If the meeting is outside of One Angel Square travel time will be charged as a cost.
  • £30 per item for letters, emails, and phone calls with or to applicants regarding specific enquiries.
  • Teleconferences will be charged the same as a face-to-face meeting.

Pre-application charges will be refunded if, because of meetings and advice, a full application is subsequently submitted.

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