From 1 July 2016, we will no longer be able to maintain the current free duty officer appointments and a fee will be applied for all Preliminary application (pre-app) advice and general planning enquiries. This includes telephone calls, emails and all other correspondence relating to development proposals.
This is usually the first question we are asked when someone wants to carry out development work at their property. Some works do not need planning permission and can be carried out under the permitted development rights. We have produced guidance notes broken down into different types of development work. Use the guides to check whether your proposal will or will not require planning permission:
Legislative changes have introduced new procedures for some single storey householder extensions, this legislation relates to larger single storey rear extensions:
There are a set of interactive houses on the Planning Portal that also give advice:
We advise that you always check in detail that the proposal is permitted development. For a formal confirmation you should apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC), this is not a planning application, however it a formal determination that your work is lawful. This option is well worth considering even if you are sure your project is permitted development. If you should later want to sell your property a LDC may be helpful to answer queries raised by potential buyers or their legal representatives, and will also provide reassurance to yourself that your work is lawful. As this is not a planning application there is no requirement for us to consult the public, however we strongly advise you to talk to your neighbours about the proposal.
The Development Control Team in Derby:
We also investigate breaches of planning legislation through the Enforcement Team:
Development Control does not control how a building is constructed. Contact our Building Consultancy Team who covers this, and they will help and advise you with the regulations on building construction.
Are you still unsure if you need permission or want general planning advice? We have a duty officer available Monday 10am to 4pm on an appointment basis. Contact Development Control to make an appointment.
Appointments are limited to 30 minutes for each property and can be booked up to one month in advance. All appointments are now charged for, please refer to the charges table.
The advice given will be objective, on the basis of the information available at the time. This might include information about relevant planning policies or standards and previous decisions. If you want to see the duty officer about a proposal, we suggest that, before your appointment you should, put your ideas on paper.
Alternatively please fill in a Pre-application Form and return it with payment and any information or plans you wish to submit at the outset for us to consider. We will not progress your request for advice, until we have received payment.
We recommend the following is submitted with any pre-application:
There are two ways to submit a planning application:
How we deal with planning applications.
To view the Planning Appeals Register, please use our eplanning service.
|Proposal criteria||Initial pre-app enquiry||Additional meetings|
|200+ dwellings/more than 4Ha
Offices/industry/retail 10,000+sqm/more than 4 Ha
Other uses: 10,000+ Sqm/more than 2 Ha
|£2500||£300 per hour|
|10-199 Dwellings/0.5 – 4 Ha
Other uses 1,000 – 9,999 Sqm/-2 Ha (outline 0.5-4 Ha)
|£2000||£250 per hour|
|0-9 dwellings/0-0.5 ha
Other uses: 0-1000 Sqm
|£1000||£200 per hour|
|Works to Listed Buildings||
|Change of use (not incl. major developments/engineering work)||Written response||£100|
Householder proposals (per site)
Minor commercial extensions (per site)
Advertisement proposals (per site)
No site visit
Duty Officer appointments (not for agents/professionals)
|30 minute appointment||£20||
• Mixed schemes: Proposals involving both residential and non–residential development will be banded according to the residential standard, by treating 100 Sqm of non-residential floor space as equivalent to one residential unit.
• All pre-application charges include VAT at the current rate (20%).
Communities and Place
Derby City Council
The Council House